Zlatko Dalic says Croatia's World Cup progress is no surprise

Pupils at Minster Church of England Primary School in Ramsgate show their support for England on Waistcoat Wednesday

Pupils at Minster Church of England Primary School in Ramsgate show their support for England on Waistcoat Wednesday

Regardless of what happens this evening, and in Sunday's final if you dare to dream, the story of Southgate's latest World Cup is sure to be well documented in the weeks, months and years after the tournament ends.

Not many teams are, however, as gifted as the current French set-up, but there is no denying that all four teams which made it to the semi-finals in Russian Federation displayed a certain level of tactical aptitude ingrained in their game.

"Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, 'Can they step up?"

To be fair to Neville he has been gushing over England's performances in Russian Federation, so he will be quite happy to have been proved wrong by wing back Trippier, centre-back Maguire and goalkeeper Pickford, who have all been huge so far for the their Country.

"I don't think England could go on to win the World Cup, I think France and Belgium have got too much".

"We were looking at doing something with an England player from the 1998 World Cup and Gareth agreed to do the book, which I was going to write".

Gareth Southgate says England face toughest World Cup test against Croatia
I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off. Lovren continued: "I have all respect for Harry Kane".

"I like the style of England, how they play with the young players, how they move", he told Omnisport. And not just against Sweden, Sterling has produced the goods with immaculate consistency every time he has taken the pitch for the Three Lions.

1/12/16 England Manager Gareth Southgate poses after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Croatia may be best suited to counter-attacking and relying on the brilliance of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic against England, according to former worldwide Filip Tapalovic.

"We're excited about the future but want to make the most of the opportunity we have [now]".

With Modric and Rakitic controlling the midfield, Croatia have had more possession than their opposition in four of five games at the World Cup.

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