Gareth Southgate

England head coach Gareth Southgate has warned that the semi-final game against Croatia will be the Three Lions’ toughest test at the World Cup.

England had defeated Tunisia, Panama and Sweden inside ninety minutes, a penalty shootout win against Colombia, and a defeat to Belgium.

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England play Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday night.

He said: “They’ll be the best team we’ve played in terms of what they’re capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely.

“For us as a team, it’s another chance to create a small piece of history.

“We’ve got to keep getting over those hurdles and I know we talked about the success of the younger teams but this is a much harder, much bigger level for the players and the belief is building as things are happening.

“The more of these tests we can come through, the better, not just for now, but moving forward.”