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Southgate hopes England avoid semi-final stage fright

11 July 2018

Kane can normally be backed at 11/10 (2.10) to find the net, as he has done in three of his four appearances at the tournament, with the 7/5 (2.40) price the best in the industry at time of writing.

Southgate's plan has worked so far, so much so that an influx of England fans is anticipated in Moscow on Wednesday - many of them have bought into "Waistcoat Wednesday" in tribute to Southgate's World Cup outfit.

Before their arrival in Russia, England had not won a knockout game since the 2006 World Cup. He's also the penalty taker which is a huge advantage in a market such as this one.

Croatia stand in their way tonight in what is the biggest game in English football for nearly 30 years.

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"Later, I felt the pain again, but I didn't want to give up". Tiredness will be the major concern for head coach Zlatko Dalic after his side went to extra time and penalties in both their quarter-final and the round of sixteen games.

"We are concentrating on what's going on now".

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While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team's then manager Miroslav Blazevic that it was a missed opportunity.

"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".

The Three Lions are also the second-highest scorers at the World Cup with 11 goals. That's obviously why they are in the semi-final of a World Cup. "The enthusiasm they have for these players, not only because of the way they've played but how they've conducted themselves, we can feel the energy and support from home, and that's a privilege for us".

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians.

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"We have strength and we're united on the pitch", the Barcelona star told FIFA TV.

"Health has to be number one, but to play for the Croatian team, to play in the World Cup semi-final, I do not need to even say that I will be giving it 300% to be fit". That team was a lot more experience in terms of its age and experience of big matches, though, and had tactical understanding and technically good players.

Southgate hopes England avoid semi-final stage fright