Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final

Harry Kane will lead England against Croatia wearing white

Harry Kane will lead England against Croatia wearing white

After both seeing off South American opposition in the last eight, Belgium and France meet for a place in the 2018 World Cup final in Saint-Petersburg. "We don't fear England".

"I think it is one of them things as a kid that you always dream of playing in a World Cup and you dream of winning the World Cup", he said.

"Yes, England can go all the way", Rush, 56, told The New Paper in a phone interview. Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery, and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament football has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title. Liverpool legend Ian Rush on England.

The other semi-final pits England (No. 12) against a beat up team from Croatia (No. 20).

Subasic and Vrsaljko both picked up injuries against Russian Federation.

Dunphy added that he thought England were "a certainty" to defeat Croatia on Wednesday night.

But Rush insists that it's pointless comparing England to sides they haven't faced. "We were together during the magnificent story at Leicester and I will remember that always", said Kramaric. "You are only as good as the opposition you face and they never looked like losing after the first goal, it was game over for Sweden".


The Real Madrid midfielder is arguably the best in the world in his position and will duly demonstrate why, should England give him the time and space on Thursday.

But two-time European Cup victor Rush is unconcerned by the number of chances England have allowed.

Revisiting his predictions ahead of the upcoming England vs. Croatia semi-final in Moscow, Neville allowed himself a pat on his own back before he urged England supporters to get behind Gareth Southgate's team. It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us'.

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

"But if they play three up top, it's not wise".

Rush believes the Manchester City forward is lacking a bit of confidence but insists that Southgate should stick with him as he might come good at the flawless time. Worldwide football just seems to suit Harry, he's composed and enjoys that extra time he has on the ball.

"France don't have a Hazard, a De Bruyne or a Lukaku, or a Fellaini, who played really well (against Brazil)".

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