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Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric will provide a tough test for England on Wednesday

Gareth Southgate believes the success his young England side have enjoyed in Russian Federation has offered only a first glimpse of their potential, as the least experienced team at the tournament seek to go beyond Croatia and into a first World Cup final in 52 years.

"For everyone out here following us and everyone back home - it is special".

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. "But we have nothing to lose, we will enjoy this game, and hopefully we can write history", said defender Dejan Lovren, of Premier League side Liverpool.

"The age of the players, the improvement in the players and the hunger of the players has been apparent for everybody to see".

"We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do".

"We'll just have to assess people as we go".

"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through". I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

"Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity, and sport has the power to do that", said Southgate, who will name an unchanged side.

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"I wasn't a renowned fashion icon throughout my playing career [so] it's rather odd to feel that way now", said Southgate, England's latest style guru. We've planned really well, and learned as much as we can. "It's a privilege for us".

Jordan Henderson hopes to be fit to play in England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday.

But Zlatko Dalic's side have quality in every area of the pitch, from Danijel Subasic in goal to Mario Mandukic up front.

That allowed Croatia to reach the semi-finals for the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France, which was their first as an independent nation.

"They've got players all around the squad that are going to be hard opponents". "I feel they're a fantastic team, working for each other and together, which is why they're in a semifinal of a World Cup".

"I've played against Modric a few times, he's probably one of the best players I've played against", said Henderson.

"Football's coming home?" said Southgate.

Two nations who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semifinal defeats will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further.

Southgate was in the squad the last time England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament; Euro '96.

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