England's Raheem Sterling defended by David Beckham after World Cup criticism

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However, blasting such abuses and cheap comments, Neville has now praised Sterling's performance and insisted the player is being targetted without any reason.

David Beckham told England fans to stop criticising Raheem Sterling and unite behind Gareth Southgate's team as they seek to reach only their second World Cup final. "Got past my opponent a couple of times, got a couple of balls in, and you just get caned [by the media]" Sterling said (h/t ESPN FC). "OK, we didn't have the cherry on the cake, the goal, where all of a sudden you're a hero, but it was a brilliant performance".

Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic attends a training session at the Adler training ground in Sochi on July 5, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter final football match between Russian Federation and Croatia.

Beckham said on Instagram: "It's wrong".

England have defied expectations this summer, easily seeing off Sweden in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final. Every player deserves to be applauded.

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"Until football is finished I will try and stay in as much as I can, watch TV and no one can say nothing".

"They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a hard opponent and we respect them", he said.

Asked what it would mean to defeat England, Dalic said: "It's already a great achievement for us to be in the last four because some big teams are already swimming on their vacation - Argentina, Brazil, Germany and so on". The 23-year-old Man City attacker paid a tribute to the English supporters in his twitter account who cheered the team on in Samara and the millions doing so back home after the game.

"Our league is not so strong but if we had England's money, who knows where we would be".

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