Raheem Sterling thanks England fans after reaching 'dream' World Cup semi-final

It is coming home? Odds on England World Cup win shorten after Sweden win

It is coming home? Odds on England World Cup win shorten after Sweden win

But Boss Southgate admitted he could not listen to Three Lions after his penalty shoot-out miss in the Euro '96 semi-final - the year the anthem was first released.

"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.

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With every player set to be at his disposal, it remains to be seen if Southgate sticks with the same line-up that started against both Colombia and Sweden to reach the last four.

England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final.

"For us, it's all about the experience".

One of the most recognisable statues in Leeds city centre is now proudly showing its support for Gareth Southgate and his team ahead of their huge World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia.

England manager Gareth Southgate's waistcoat has now become the subject of a transfer bid from the Museum of London. "That's why I think they can go all the way".

"I always think big matches are a bit like weddings", he said.

Saturday's victory over Sweden was once more greeted with jubilant scenes up and down the country.

They wrote: "We're delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this auto was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game, it's now off the road to be repaired". "It's [meant so] much to me and the whole team!"

"They've seen we've got good lads who are incredibly proud to play, and are playing in a slightly different style to the one we've seen for a few years - playing with confidence on a big stage".

Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.

"We're just really happy".

"We've got to believe, definitely", he added.

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