Croatia can deal with Harry Kane after 'stopping Lionel Messi', says coach

10 July, 2018, 02:28 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The England captain didn't hide his satisfaction after the victory against Sweden, Harry Kane noting that his team are full of confidence and feel good.

Harry Maguire travelled to watch England as a fan at Euro 2016, but two years later he is a pillar of the defence as the country prepares for its first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Under Southgate, this young squad has seen its popularity soar in the eyes of the English public and Kane says a happy family atmosphere around the camp is serving as extra motivation to extend their campaign.

England have been far more reliant on set-play strategy than fellow semi-finalists Belgium and France, who have struck three goals each from them, while their next opponents Croatia have scored from only one set piece and one penalty. The Leicester City centre back has impressed during England's stint at the World Cup so far, often carrying the ball from a defensive position to an attacking one.

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A former schoolmate said: 'They were both good students and sporty, with Harry playing football and cricket, and Katie doing athletics and netball. "We spoke a lot about togetherness, the manager as well", he told reporters. Everyone wants to finish the job and we are excited to try and do that.

"It is fantastic to be part of this World Cup so far and I get the feeling from the boys that we don't want to go home".

A sweet moment of a little boy receiving his very own World Cup after completing cancer treatment is capturing hearts across the globe. Southgate is comparing him to the best centre-backs at this tournament, though Luka Modric's Croatia will test him more than Sweden were able to in Samara. "We managed to stop Messi and [Christian] Eriksson so hopefully we can stop Kane".

"Yeah definitely, since I've come into the England camp Gareth has shown great faith in me, great trust and given me great confidence to go out and play", Maguire says.

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