England boss Gareth Southgate keeping select guest-list for Croatia clash

Steven Gerrard was part of the England team beaten in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals

A semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday is all that stands between England and their first final since lifting the World Cup in 1966.

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Kane is now leading the Golden Boot race at this summer's World Cup with six goals, helping his side to the semi-finals of the competition in the process. It's unbelievable because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.

"We needed Churchill, but we got Iain Duncan-Smith", an unnamed defender, later identified as Southgate, was quoted as saying in a 2004 book by Joe Lovejoy. There was a happy ending for Croatia, however, as they beat Holland 2-1 in the third-place play-off, with Suker scoring his sixth goal of the tournament to claim the Golden Boot.

They doubled their lead with a Dele Alli header from a brilliant Jesse Lingard cross in the 59th minute.

He seems to be sitting up a little straighter than most of the lads, his legs a little further apart, his tie a little neater - it's the pose of a young man who is confident, and who feels like he belongs.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

Will England manager Gareth Southgate be celebrating on Wednesday night?

After finishing second to Argentina in Group H following victories over Jamaica and Japan, World Cup debutants Croatia claimed some impressive scalps on their way to the semi-finals.

"It's a very short change around and the travel is a bit more complicated so, quite simply, I've just got my family coming". Belgium, I thought, did great against Brazil - them going out was a great bonus for us.

"Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", the England boss said with a smile.

"You don't want to watch it back, but we knew how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger".

"You're always conscious of those who have helped you, and my parents before them... those who were there for you in hard times, as well as when things were going well".

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