‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

The Spurs ace scored his first goal of the competition on Saturday afternoon as he headed home Jesse Lingard's cross to seal a 2-0 win against Sweden, and fans will be hoping that it sparks improved performances after a disappointing tournament to date.

Dele Alli has also been singled out for having under-performed, but his goal and all-round energetic display against Sweden will see him keep his place in the starting XI.

"We are not putting more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998", said midfielder Ivan Rakitic. The two teams last faced each other in World Cup qualifying in 2009, and both matches in that group went decisively to England - but that was almost a decade ago.

"It's football but, thank God, in the end, we're in the semi-final".

"We are concentrating on what's going on now".

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

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"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer.

But the England boss is well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

"We believed in its potential, and I think the games that we've prepared for, we had belief we would win, but there is still pressure in all of those matches, so I'm really pleased with how the team have emerged and developed".

All eyes will be on Raheem Sterling once again.

Strong, mobile, indefatigable and good in the air, Mandzukic looks to make life as hard as possible for the defence, stretching play to allow the likes of Modric the space they need to get into the danger zone around the box.

While the set piece has been England's most decisive weapon on their run to the semi-finals, and they won a penalty shootout to beat Colombia, Croatia will feel they have the edge if the match remains deadlocked after extra time.

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