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

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

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.

France beat Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, advancing to their first World Cup Final since 2006.

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see". Biggest win in the tournament.

The Three Lions have the chance to reach just the second major tournament finale in their history on Wednesday as they take on Croatia in a mouth-watering Luzhniki Stadium semi-final.

"The delivery from wide areas in general is key, particularly from the right-hand side as Kieran Trippier's delivery is one of the best at the World Cup".

But Boss Southgate admitted he could not listen to Three Lions after his penalty shoot-out miss in the Euro '96 semi-final - the year the anthem was first released.

'Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity, but sport can unite.

"Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", the England boss said with a smile.

He said: "It's a special feeling to know that the people back home and out here in Russian Federation are enjoying the experience just as much as we are.

"It's nice to hear people enjoying it again, anyway".

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes victory over England would spark a huge party in the country. "I'm sure Gareth will have addressed that after seeing how they struggled after conceding against Tunisia and then Colombia". "So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".

"At the beginning we were working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long term".

"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", added Dalic, whose side are 20th in the world rankings - eight places below England.

"They're getting blamed for what my generation and generations that followed did".