World Cup semi-final England v Croatia

Raheem Sterling At Heart Of England World Cup 2018 Bid Despite Goal Drought

Raheem Sterling At Heart Of England World Cup 2018 Bid Despite Goal Drought

Mark Lawrenson thinks this World Cup could be England's destiny but Croatia are also believing, their manager declaring that neither England or France have a better squad than Croatia.

"It had tactical understanding, it had technically good players".

According to Croatian website Vercenji List, however, the player trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and could be ready to play against England this week.

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.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.

"I like the style of England, how they play with the young players, how they move", he told Omnisport.


But this is not the England manager's first visit to the world stage.

"We have nice memories from France (when Croatia lost in the semis to hosts France in 1998)".

"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience. Still, he misses simple balls, and he has to be more aggressive in these kinds of things", Guardiola had acknowledged that Sterling is still a work-in-progress but the Manchester City boss had also reflected upon the tenets of his game which Southgate has managed to harness successfully.

Jenas and Modric played in midfield together at Spurs, though the Croatian has gone on to hit even greater heights, winning the Champions League four times and La Liga once with Real Madrid.

We're not sure what to make of it!

The flak Sterling receives doesn't bother him as much anymore, in his own words, the youngster focussing on his duties instead. First win on penalties in the World Cup.

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