How to Watch England vs. Croatia


England manager Gareth Southgate is not about to change his team's approach for tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) World Cup semi-final against Croatia, saying he wants the "same again" from his young side.

Now, Southgate and co must navigate a way past Croatia to give the nation their first final since 1966.

Although Croatia are the most hard opponent England will have faced in the tournament, Southgate's words suggest he will continue with his attacking formation and personnel. Each side has won two of the four meetings since then, which includes England's infamous 3-2 defeat at in November 2007, which saw it miss out on a Euro 2008 spot and led to the departure of boss Steve McClaren.

They have been taken to penalties in both their knockout games and while they would probably have preferred not to have played an extra hour of football, they did so after coming from behind.

"They aren't in the semifinal for no reason", he said at a news conference. I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier.

"They've got players all around the squad that are going to be hard opponents. I said before the start we are not going out to not win it, so we've put ourselves in a great position".

Meanwhile, the last two games for Croatia, against Denmark and Russian Federation, ended the same: with Croatia winning in penalties. "The enthusiasm they have for these players, not only because of the way they've played but how they've conducted themselves...they've been brilliant ambassadors for our country, everybody can see they are proud to wear the shirt".

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Croatia have yet to lose at this summer's World Cup, having blitzed through the group stage with wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland, before edging past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties. The center-back will be key to limiting England's threat from set pieces and will be a useful weapon in the opposition box, too.

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Asked what he would be demanding from his players, the England coach told ITV: "To be able to keep doing what we have been doing, play with real defensive discipline, good organisation, tactical awareness".

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates with Dejan Lovren after winning the quarterfinal match between Russian Federation and Croatia.

England have also conceded four goals.

A win for England would help erase World Cup futility.