Southgate said: "We are a team who are still improving, we know where we are". It correctly predicted draws in regulation for Spain-Russia (+280), Croatia-Denmark (+225) and England-Colombia (+215) and was all over France beating Uruguay in regulation to reach the semifinals, not to mention Brazil and Belgium cruising in the Round of 16. "You can see that togetherness on the pitch now, and I think that's valuable in crucial moments in big games, and yeah, I can definitely say this is most together England team that I've been involved in, and so I think that makes a massive difference and you get your rewards for that". The France '98 semi-finalists will be looking to one of the players of the tournament, Luka Modric, to guide them one step further in Russian Federation.
England fans are being given a run for their money in Moscow, with Croatia's supporters showing they can have just as much fun by partying under an enormous flag decked out in their football team's colours.
The victor Wednesday advances to Sunday's final against France.
Millions of expectant England fans will be glued to TV sets on Wednesday evening hoping the national team can reach the World Cup final for only the second time in their history.
Among the many intriguing spectacles between two of the tournament's dark horses will be Dejan Lovren testing himself against Harry Kane, with the latter having emerged as the frontrunner for the Golden Boot thanks to his six goals so far. "It may repeat itself once, maybe never".
Ten charter planes carrying over 1,500 fans took off from the capital Zagreb for Moscow on Tuesday, Croatian online media TPortal said.
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"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".
"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training".
Zlatko Dalic's team are one of the most cohesive units of any team in the tournament.
Russia's Ministry of Communications said the number of applications by Britons for World Cup fan identity documents increased by over 29 percent, or by 6,300 applications, since July 7.
"Why didn't you ask me how I played well against him in other games?"
"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50. "You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".