England boss Gareth Southgate not relying on superstitions to get past Croatia

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The pair will battle again on Wednesday, and Alli has told The Guardian that he hopes to embarrass Modric again with another nutmeg on the global stage this time - but his focus will be on attempting to help England reach the World Cup final.

However, shortly after taking over the England team, Southgate made the players sit down and watch a replay of that horror show.

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".

"The style of play has changed and so have attitudes".

GARETH SOUTHGATE has backed his England heroes to enjoy the national team's biggest game in a generation, and urged them to continue their fairytale World Cup journey all the way to Sunday's final.

And so, at that stage of the World Cup where every day without a match feels inexorably pointless - we awake with a spring in our step, and hope in our heart, because football, dear reader, is back once more.

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

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He said: "We are really proud of the support we have received".

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties.

Houghton, who also captains Manchester City's women's side, has been impressed with the England side, as well as their manager Southgate.

"For us as a team, yes, it's another chance to create a small piece of history. I remember watching him at Tottenham coming up, a few times as a 15-year-old kid and he was just banging in goals then - and he's just carried that on season after season", Walker told IRN.

"This was near my house opposite the school I used to go to", he said.

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".

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