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"As a team we are not focusing on individuals which is the most important thing".

England takes on Croatia on Wednesday in the second World Cup semifinal, with the victor advancing to Sunday's big game against France.

England, who made an early impression with a 6-1 crushing of Panama in the group stage, then overcame their shootout hoodoo in beating Colombia in the last 16 and looked composed and mature in the 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Sweden.

Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom.

But while many pundits and even England fans are surprised by their progress, Alli says the squad always believed they could go far.

The Tottenham star will certainly be the focal point of England's attack once again and, after a quiet game in the quarter-final win over Sweden, will be determined to get back on track.

Croatia have needed penalty shoot-outs to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout stage. - Harry Kane has scored on six of the seven days of the week for England, with Wednesday the exception. In the other four games, Croatia's only variable to its 4-2-3-1 formation was whether to start captain Luka Modric in a deep midfield role and Andrej Kramaric more advanced, or to move up Modric and start Marcelo Brozovic.

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Yet Eriksson does not consider that a major issue given he thinks the team's strength to be how it functions as a unit. Les Bleus' win means they will take part in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006.

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Makarova, who made the quarter-finals four years ago, beat a weary-looking Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Zverev beat Taylor Fritz of the US 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended on Thursday after the third set.

England hasn't played in the semifinals of a major tournament since Southgate's penalty kick at Wembley was saved by Andreas Koepke 22 years ago, and Andrea Moeller put the next kick over David Seaman and under the crossbar. They'll be one game from being World Cup winners. The two teams last faced each other in World Cup qualifying in 2009, and both matches in that group went decisively to England - but that was almost a decade ago.

"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".

- England has not beaten two European nations in a single World Cup since 1982, when it beat Czechoslovakia and France.

It's also his work when he picks up the ball in tight situations and winning crucial free-kicks for England, couple that with his threat from set-pieces, it arguably makes Kane the best striker in the tournament.

"I've played against Modric a few times: he's a world-class player, one of the best I've played against".

But the England boss is well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

Monaco goalkeeper Subasic saved three penalties in Croatia's shootout win over Denmark in the round of 16, and another in the quarter-finals as the Vatreni dramatically ousted hosts Russian Federation on penalties.


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