Pick your England XI for Croatia semi-final

  • Pick your England XI for Croatia semi-final

Pick your England XI for Croatia semi-final

This trend has powered the rise of teams that traditionally do not do well in World Cups.

While England enjoyed a relatively stress-free 2-0 win over Sweden in the last eight, Croatia had to come through a gruelling extra time against hosts Russian Federation and then a penalty shootout.

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Alli will surely start again for Gareth Southgate's side, and he will be part of a midfield attempting to stop Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid's Luka Modric from running riot.

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The pair will battle again on Wednesday, and Alli has told The Guardian that he hopes to embarrass Modric again with another nutmeg on the global stage this time - but his focus will be on attempting to help England reach the World Cup final.

But he is certainly well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

"They're very unsafe on set-pieces".

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England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday.

There had been suggestions that Southgate might bring in either Eric Dier or Fabian Delph to sit alongside Henderson, but the Daily Mirror report England will stick with the adventurous approach that has served them so well. "So we won't win the game just because Croatia had half an hour more football than us three days ago, we've got to win because we play better".

But they face their sternest test yet in the semi-finals when they come up against Croatia.