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England boss Gareth Southgate not relying on superstitions to get past Croatia

England boss Gareth Southgate not relying on superstitions to get past Croatia

England will face Croatia on Wednesday in their first World Cup semi-final match since 1990.

Southgate is expected to name the same side that started the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden as he has a fully fit 23-man squad.

So what are you waiting for?

Football may not be the only thing "coming home" this month as England boss Gareth Southgate's World Cup waistcoat is being sought by the Museum of London.

Trippier, who scored his penalty in the last-16 shootout win over Colombia and has been one of England's standout performers, revealed the players have seen all of the excitement and are keen to extend the euphoria.

As Sportsmail reported on Tuesday, Southgate is set to name an unchanged side for the third consecutive game. "So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".

"I don't think the players are as good as they have been in the past, but it nearly doesn't matter", he added.

"England have been the most impressive team so far". I think, to be fair, the public have done that.

England play Croatia on Wednesday, July 11 with kick off at 7pm.

"The style of play has changed and so have attitudes".

A campaign is gathering pace for the flawless waistcoat to be mass produced, England official's waistcoat, with "It's Coming Home" stitched into it after a cheeky advert by Huawei which went viral.

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'. Croatia don't have the sort of attacking players who can really make something out of nothing, so Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be relied upon to engineer opportunities and we need to limit their time on the ball".

"It's not the same if you play 90 minutes twice and 120 minutes twice, but I believe we've had ample time to recover and we're professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said.

Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs, said: "With Brazil now out of the world cup, Belgium is at the top of our probability table with a 32.6% chance of lifting the trophy, closely followed by France (29.8%)".

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