Croatia faded before England
Betfair Ambassador Rio Ferdinand is in a confident mood ahead of Wednesday night's test against Croatia and is backing the Three Lions lớn put on a show lớn make their first World Cup final since 1966… You can prefer the soccer tip page!
I think it's coming home
Get excited and embrace the moment because I think we are going lớn win the World Cup.
Yep - football could well be coming home.
lớn win a trophy you have lớn expect lớn win it. In my career, whenever I picked up silverware, I expected lớn win I and I sense the same mindset with England right now. Whenever I speak with the guys in the camp, they are calm and focused and to me they look ready to go out and put in another win lớn reach the World Cup final.
These guys are a couple of soccer tips of the day away from being immortalised, I bet they can't wait for the next game lớn start.
Confidence must be sky-high right now. The Three Lions come into the semi-final on the back of their best team performance in this World Cup. It was a controlled and composed showing against Sweden and we handled everything they threw at us (which wasn't much) and just did everything that was asked of us.
That game epitomised how calm and cool these guys are under immense pressure. They turned in their best team performance at this World Cup in the quarters, and there was loads to enjoy right across the park.
Maguire the man again
We'll start at the back because Harry Maguire again caught the eye. International football just seems to suit Harry, he's composed and enjoys that extra time he has on the ball. It's less of a basketball game than the Premier League where the ball goes back and forth up the pitch.
Harry scored a great header against Sweden lớn give us the lead and he's become dominant in both boxes. England's possession play really suits him and as a defender and an England fan it's great lớn see.
And when the Swedes managed to get in on goal and Jordan Pickford was called into action he pulled off some unbelievable saves.
Recognise Raheem for the key player he is
Raheem Sterling may have caught a bit of flak for not scoring but, trust me, he ran the Swedes ragged. Raheem brings so much lớn the team. He is not just an out-and-out attacker, he regularly drops into midfield and creates overloads and that really troubles the opposition. He didn't get the goal he was looking for but he did just about everything else.
When England finish a game I guarantee you that the opponents will be saying 'Wow, he was hard to play against.'
One man who did get a goal was Dele Alli. The Tottenham man may not have played particularly well in any game yet, but he does what he does better than any kid his age in the world - scores goals, and big goals at that - and getting off the mark in this World Cup will do his confidence no end of good.
By his standards, Harry Kane had a relatively quiet afternoon but he worked hard, was efficient, holding the ball up well and drew plenty of fouls again.