On July 5 the staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, England granted Ben's wish by surprising him with a soccer-themed ceremony in honor of his bravery.
However, Gareth Southgate, the team's forward-thinking coach, made a decision to switch formation to a 3-5-2 a year ago in an effort to give more security to his defense, enable his midfielders to have more possession, and to get more support for star striker Harry Kane.
"After Iceland we knew things needed to change", said Dier, who struck the decisive penalty as England won a World Cup shootout for the first time ever against Colombia in the last 16.
A 2-0 victory over Malta in October, 2016 got Southgate's reign as Sam Allardyce's successor off to the flawless start and he's since managed to guide the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final.
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"It is good to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament, because I was one of those kids who grew up wanting to play for England", he said. Vardy is in talks over a new deal which will net him up to £150,000-a-week and Maguire will get the same, following a stunning World Cup campaign.
Croatia have needed penalties to get through the last two rounds against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation whereas England swept Sweden aside.
"But now, where we are sitting and with the way the draw has panned out, I believe we can go all the way, without question".
"It's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament, and we've got a tough game coming up against Croatia, but we feel confident".
"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. We've done that up to now and I think we'll continue to do that". "We are just trying to be in the best possible place on Wednesday".