Kane will have memories as well as Lovren. Henderson refused, understandably, to reveal England's game plan but much will centre on subduing the brilliant Luka Modric, who got the better of Liverpool's captain in Real Madrid's Champions League final win in Kiev in May. If England can find a way to subdue Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic they will take a large step towards the final. The stage was set at this magnificent football theatre on Tuesday.
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Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer. How to get into football - the most popular sport in the world, with clubs and facilities throughout the UK. Croatia v England Date: Wednesday, 11 July Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Coverage: Listen live on 5 live, with live text commentary online. England nowhere near their potential, says manager Gareth Southgate. Praised by pundits, panned by fans: Sign up for our month-long newsletter. Every match day through the final July The first non-chorus lines of the song do just that:.
But the song sounds so dated. Only the actual music.
When the song was first released, it had been 30 years since England won the World Cup. The other part of this is the heavy tongue-in-cheek irony associated with the phrase. What about the memes? After a Sweden display rich in promise, they state England were "overtaken by their technical limitations, the imbalance of their structure and Southgate's passive coaching" - seemingly a dig at his substitutions.
Spanish paper Marca say England dominated the early part of the game, running roughshod over their opponents. However, having failed to kill off the tie they were "devastated" by Perisic's equaliser and as the game wore on "suddenly disappeared".
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Team England and the FA have done a remarkable job throughout the tournament in giving fans insight into what the players have been going through; that has played its part in a reinvigorated fan base. In one respect, reaching a semi-final with an unfancied side, lacking the star names of yesteryear, is a great overachievement. But on the opposite side of the coin, England have reached the last four by beating sides that were either not as good as them by a considerable distance - Panama, Tunisia, Sweden - and one who would have been a shot had they not been shorn of their best player, Colombia.
The two sides considered better than them, Belgium and Croatia, have both beaten them.
People looked upon it with some sort of despair. Disregard how it ended in the Luzhniki, and look around, look at the supporters and how they've become invested in its England side once more, having previously looked upon the side as little more than an inconvenience, having grown tired of a national team that they couldn't relate to. In the short-term, England head to St Petersburg for the dreaded third-place playoff against Belgium. Physically and emotionally drained, Southgate must lift his players, in a game that he himself has admitted no player wants to play in. We will want to give a performance of huge pride.
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There's no question about that. It's always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win. I think it is too easy to move on immediately from what we've just been through. When that campaign kicks off in September against Spain, Southgate and his side will find a nation re-energised and reinvigorated by its national team. And ahead of a finals where there were few expectations, we could not have rightfully asked for much more than that.
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