Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate is not about to change his team's approach for tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) World Cup semi-final against Croatia, saying he wants the "same again" from his young side.

England's last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin.

What England can not do is let this chance pass them by as while Croatia are a decent team, they are not world beaters and their presence in this semi-final presents Gareth Southgate and his players with an incredible chance to reach a World Cup final.

There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic's side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both the hosts and Denmark in the last two rounds. Win or lose, both teams will play two more games in the tournament.

This will be England's first meeting with Croatia at a major tournament since the Euro 2004 group stage, when the Three Lions triumphed 4-2.

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"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".

Fans from the Adriatic nation of 4.2 million people have been scrambling to get to Moscow. "Will be back home to watch the semi with family and grandchildren appropriately decked out". "And then with the ball, play with the freedom and expression that we have and the same patterns and movements that we have shown". If we do it in five hours, I'll be fine. "But nevertheless we will be very loud", he added.

"It's completely irrelevant, " he said through a translator.

"They aren't in the semifinal for no reason", he said at a news conference.

The last-minute tours to Russian Federation cost about 7,500 kuna ($1,200), according to TPortal.

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"England are a unsafe team in this competition".

Kane, who tops the Golden Boot standings in Russian Federation, had already scored and assisted as Spurs recorded a 4-1 victory in October.

"I'm rare breed. I'm an Englishman that doesn't drink tea, " he said.

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie. Although there's often outrage in the country when ITV shows a game over the BBC, largely as a result of the ad breaks during halftime, ITV commentators Jon Champion and Ally McCoist have emerged as one of the most popular pairings in a long time.

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Denis Cheryshev ( Russia ) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. The crowd erupted, but Croatia were undeterred and equalised just eight minutes later.

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