England midfielder Dele Alli believes he 'can play better' against Croatia

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"We're really proud in the style that we've played, with the intelligence that we've played, and that we've performed under pressure and dealt with hard situations in games where we've had to wait until the last minute to score, we've had to recover from conceding in last minute, we've been through extra time, penalties".

If you want to know how England can beat Croatia, first I have to take you into the heart of the French midfield.

Lovren continued: "I have all respect for Harry Kane".

He said: "I didn't feel nervous or anything like that".

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarizing debate in England with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.

"He would go into areas just in front of the full-backs where, if I was playing against him, I would think, "I am going to go out there and mark you", Jenas said.

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While Croatia possess arguably the best central midfield pairing in the tournament in Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Southgate's language does not indicate he is about to bring in Eric Dier as an additional defensive midfielder alongside Jordan Henderson.

"But when it happens like that you have to make sure you are still benefiting the team and helping them as much as you can, off the ball".

Zlatko Dalic's side are more experienced. That's one of his big things. He has got two at this World Cup, but throughout his career he has never scored in big numbers, and that is something some people use to judge how good a player is.

Alli was part of the England squad who crashed out of Euro 2016 with defeat by Iceland and he said Southgate had encouraged the players to confront that memory before the tournament.

"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".

"Straight after that game you want the floor to eat you up". In the semifinals, we are representing our homeland and we going for what we are dreaming of, "explained Vrsaljko". I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

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