Croatia legend Davor Suker has insisted the Three Lions of England have been lucky thus far at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The English team emerged 2-0 victors over Sweden to seal a spot at the semi-final of the competition with Croatia winning Russia on penalties to set up a showdown with Gary Southgate’s men.
However, Suker who was at the 1998 edition of the competition where his team clinched bronze, said the England team are lucky to still be in contention for the crown.
“I watched England’s game against Colombia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow and you were lucky,” he told The Mirrror UK. “Colombia had two chances to score to lead in the penalty shootout, so you were lucky.
“But why lucky? Because you invested in a lot of forwards and that’s what I liked, England at that moment. It’s football, 11 against 11, 11 warriors. What I would like is the England from before, but now they are very strong and we have to respect them.
“But money isn’t playing, Ferrari isn’t playing, watches aren’t playing, just 11 against 11 warriors in the World Cup.
“But I think – and I said the same before the game against Russia – it will be 50-50 against England.”