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Sol Campbell shows the pain of England's Euro 2008 qualification failure

Sol Campbell shows the pain of England's Euro 2008 qualification failure

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has only one real injury concern heading into Wednesday's World Cup semi-final in Russian Federation.

But the 29-year-old, who was been one of Croatia's standout performers at this summer's tournament, has stressed that previous encounters with Kane have no bearing on the result of Wednesday's fixture in Moscow.

Southgate said he was convinced that win or lose on Wednesday, his team have a bright future after decades of English under-achievement on the worldwide stage.

"It's completely irrelevant, " he said through a translator. "You are just nitpicking my poor performances".

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Klopp had to take Lovren off after he had been torn apart by Spurs striker Harry Kane and in truth, Liverpool did well to get to half-time in that game just conceding three goals.

Whilst the United Kingdom and Spanish media had already ruled Vrsaljko out, the 26-year-old Atlético Madrid defender told HNTV that he will do all he can to be fit. He's constant. He bangs in goals.

Ok, we're aware that Kerr can divide opinion but we're 101% firmly of the opinion that he's one of - if not THE - greatest co-commentator that's now behind a mic. His teammates play at top-drawer clubs.


Asked what he would be demanding from his players, the England coach told ITV: "To be able to keep doing what we have been doing, play with real defensive discipline, good organization, tactical awareness and then with the ball play with the freedom and expression that we have and the same patterns and movements that we have shown".

If England avoid making another horribly uncomfortable opening 20 minutes and find their touch early in the game, the running of the forwards, their threat from set-plays and Henderson's passing could unlock a Croatian defence which has been breached four times.

"We were never quite sure how far this team could go, " Southgate said. "We're really proud in the style that we've played, with the intelligence that we've played, and that we've performed under pressure and dealt with hard situations in games where we've had to wait until the last minute to score, we've had to recover from conceding in last minute, we've been through extra time, penalties".

"We came here to enjoy our football and we're enjoying the journey".

"We've played five hard games and I know they are exhausted but there can't be any excuses", he added.

"For me, I know I'm ready, and I can say the same for my teammates".

"So we´re excited about the future but we also want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow".

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