How have Three Lions reached the semi finals?

England beat Croatia 5-1 the last time they met in 2009

England beat Croatia 5-1 the last time they met in 2009

England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.

Southgate's men beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday to advance to the last four for just the third time in history.

"We've got to believe, definitely", he added.

Stones - who has started all five of England's games at Russian Federation 2018, scoring twice - is well aware that the opportunity to contest a World Cup final may never come around again and is relishing the chance to make it happen.

"This isn't success yet. You don't want to watch it back but we know how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger". After the Sweden game we fixed our attention purely to Wednesday. "We should continue to show that belief against Croatia - we've got a real chance".

Captain Harry Kane and his team-mates have been given an indication of the feeling back home from celebratory clips on social media, with Shilton admitting the 1990 squad were largely unaware of how the nation reacted to their progress.

'You can see how hard she works and she really knows what she's talking about.

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A lot of them sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn. The match had ended 2-2 after extra-time after Mario Fernandes' late equalizer for Sbornaya .

Having turned 33 on Monday, Ashley Young is very much an elder statesman of the young Three Lions travelling squad.

"It gives you goosebumps to see how happy they are and we want to keep on improving as a team and give them more moments like this".

"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.

"We're creating our own stories".

The worrying thought about what we will do with ourselves once it is over can wait, because two well-matched semi-finals await.

The team that reached that stage in 1966 went on to win the tournament on home soil and Shilton is backing this team to do likewise. "We're looking to complete the journey in the right way and hopefully win the World Cup".

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