Yet, France still is missing that go-to striker as the World Cup enters its decisive stages - Olivier Giroud, a favorite of head coach Didier Deschamps, failed to score or register a shot on goal in France's five World Cup games so far. France and Belgium will face off on Tuesday, before Croatia meets England on Wednesday.

"I said that of the eight quarter-finalists, only Sweden and Russian Federation can't win it, so England definitely have a chance".

"Everybody is ready. It's the World Cup semi-final". They turned in their best team performance at this World Cup in the quarters, and there was loads to enjoy right across the park.

For all the scepticism surrounding his 3-5-2 formation, Southgate's youthful squad, led by Golden Boot favourite Harry Kane, have flourished and demonstrated the advantageous ability to defend and attack in numbers, and it's this unified mentality that has them quietly confident of ending their 52-year wait for a return to the World Cup final. "It was hard for me to get into the team because they were playing really great throughout the season so obviously no coach would change a winning team", he added.

But Rush insists that it's pointless comparing England to sides they haven't faced. "We have either England or two more games", he said.

England has serious momentum coming into Wednesday's semifinal vs. Croatia, with seemingly the entire nation backing the Three Lions from near and far. Stick to what you're doing, I'm behind you.

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"It was my first time outside Croatia and everything was really new", said Kramaric, who played just twice during the Foxes' title-winning campaign.

"(And at the other end), England are scoring goals and looking very risky at set-pieces".

This choice of personnel, along with wide players Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic, would create a four-man front for England and could trouble their back three in transition should Modric pounce and exploit the spaces in behind Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young. Worldwide football just seems to suit Harry, he's composed and enjoys that extra time he has on the ball.

The Red Devils' galaxy of stars can rival France's, with Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku living up to their billing as world-class players in Russian Federation.

Both semi-finals kick off at 20:00 SA time.


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