Steven Gerrard says England will beat Croatia and are a 'dangerous' team

Theo Walcott's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 revenge win in 2008

Theo Walcott's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 revenge win in 2008

The Three Lions are just one game away from their first final since 1966, with Croatia standing between them and a showpiece against France, who beat Belgium 1-0 this morning in the first semi-final.

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Monday after the World Cup final to be made a national bank holiday if England win the tournament. "And then with the ball, play with the freedom and expression that we have and the same patterns and movements that we have shown".

Sterling missed some sitters in the Sweden game on Saturday and I'm not surprised in the slightest because he continues to flatter to deceive, as he has done since his early days at Liverpool.

Indeed, this first World Cup meeting between the pair will have a historic outcome. "England have been deadly from set-plays and I think this could be their route to the final".

England insist that they will not abandon their front-foot approach against Croatia as Gareth Southgate considers selecting an unchanged side for the country's biggest match in 28 years.

"They are capable of going the whole way".

This is a proud nation and a proud football team, and to reach a World Cup final would represent a truly remarkable story.

He said: "Helena really misses me when we're separated because of sporting obligations".

Southgate has done a good job of taking the ego out of this England team and the media charm offensive allowing fans to get to know some of the players has been great to see.

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