Jamie Vardy sends Gareth Southgate update ahead of World Cup semi-final

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England are through to the World Cup semi-finals - incredible. They should beat Croatia.

"He said something but I don't know him personally".

"They don't need any motivation for this now".

Two days before the World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia, the Tottenham star sat down to talk in a fun candid interview.

Croatia have singled out Raheem Sterling as the chief threat posed by England ahead of the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday.

The incidents took place in England - while there were no initial reports of any trouble relating to the small band of traveling Three Lions supporters, following the side's 2-0 victory in Samara.

"We are a team who are still improving" Southgate said.

"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".

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After the final whistle he celebrated wildly, shouting and pumping his fist in front of the travelling support.

It was a theme he returned to post-match on Saturday.

'We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game. Gareth Southgate sets the tone very well with the team and in interviews - they don't get too high when it's going well or too low when it isn't. Let's push the boundaries, let's create our own history and they are continuing to do that all of the time.

That tournament ended in despair for the defender after missing the crucial penalty in the shootout, so perhaps it is little wonder that the level-headed manager and "bloody proud" Englishman has got lost in some of the celebrations in Russian Federation.

"But we've been a real team and we have got some excellent players, no doubt about that, but the collective strength has been massive".

The toll both games have taken on the Croatia squad was evident at the end of extra time against the hosts with several players sprawled out on the turf at full-time.

Southgate's system is built to probe for weaknesses via a trio of attacking players operating behind and around striker Harry Kane, with all three expected to contribute to the defensive work when the team does not have possession. "We looked like we controlled the game".

"And there's the emotion and also the fans have paid a lot, come a long way and to be able to connect with them".

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Les Bleus boast stars at goalkeeper, in defense, midfield and attack, and their is the envy of most other worldwide sides. "It's just little stuff to maybe give us an edge". Hendo (Jordan Henderson) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change. "We'll just have to assess the bodies".

Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).

The Three Lions enter Wednesday's semifinal at Russian Federation 2018 with plenty of confidence.

"We have kept things the same throughout the whole tournament, keep going in the same way and we will do also leading up to Wednesday", he said.

When England finish a game I guarantee you that the opponents will be saying 'Wow, he was hard to play against'.

Kane scored twice in the opening game against Tunisia, including a last-minute victor, and a hat-trick in the rout of Panama.

"I thought it was a great performance, obviously with so much pressure - the world watching on, England watching on", he added.

Alli did not say whether Grange had cast her psychologist's eye over his lengthy list of pre-match rituals.

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