Pundits Discuss how ENGLAND and CROATIA Made the Semi Finals

not being a bit tight with your range I think I might be a tight with one or two players I think I hit the back three well first of all Pickford I thought made three great brilliant safe from the header for Berg just after halftime when they were one nil up stones I thought played well coming out with the bull and defending almost as a sweeper at times McGwire and Walker Trippier down the right-hand side Jung down the left hand so I didn’t think Cain had his best game sterling as we talked about I may have been a little bit harsh on henderson thinking at a poor start to the game with some of these parties but he got better as the game wore on apparently not that much better should’ve given him a seven knocked over look at it Robin the boys have mentioned sterling he is seems to be a player that polarizes fans and critics of him would say okay I understand he rut makes the right runs and he gets into the spaces but it’s a professional football you got to do better in front of God yeah he hasn’t scored in 23 international I think it is also 23 games but he did a lot of work to enable other players to have the space and Mack is right aly was right Craig was right he ran in behind but it was right to running behind a couple of times he came short to get on the ball so that Harry Kane could then play as the main center forward Ian loud people to run beyond him yes you want a final product that’s better but if you’re talking about bringing Rochefort into the side in place of him can you say he’s a consistent player I don’t think he is he don’t he makes the wrong decision sometimes with the ball he’s a player that can excite people but he doesn’t do the right things at the right time enough to warrant him being in the collected scene in place of sterling Caron Southgate can walk on water then we can do nothing wrong waistcoat sails through the roof another second things obviously know me you surprised how well easy how well he’s done and how much he’s won everyone knows well I think we’re all yet probably I think we’re all surprised how that they’ve got to the semi-finals because I don’t think after the last tournaments that we’ve seen and there was much hope yes we had to go qualifying but they were against lesser teams so the fact that he’s gotten here he’s probably exceeded all expectations the fact that there’s a real feelgood factor going in and the players seem to be all happy in the players seems to be confidence in the pressure behind them and the press seem to seem to be treating them all very differently suggests that Gareth has changed things around and he’s got everybody on size and seemingly everybody’s behind them now you just want them to finish the job off because you know they still haven’t done anything you know you don’t wanna be you don’t to bring everybody back down to earth I’ll be negative but they still haven’t achieved anything all they’ve done is beating an average Swedish side and now within the semi-finals this way the hard you know the they’re gonna plague Croatia and if they beat them they’re gonna have to play France or Belgium we would argue being better form than England’s at this enormous of what we’ve seen so they’ve done amazingly well to get to where they are let’s just seem all of them you know people cheer and and dance and waste in the beer I never want to see anybody waiting to hear if it’s gonna happen for England there’s a big if it couldn’t happen to a nicer yeah it’s such a nice guy people see those guys don’t go on but he’s been tough he’s made some big decisions but he’s been accommodating I thought it might have made a change for this game it didn’t and I thought maybe it lost his cheek would have come in it didn’t help me stop a lot the talk from the jobless over there was Delhi Ali was gonna drop her he was quite for a long time people saying is he fit but I think no I think he’ll be pretty clear on these main you’ll go with the similar I don’t you write all that Tim against Croatia and he’ll try and use and the whole stealing thing can he annoys me it’s I think it’s people that just get starts in front you and see a man or the usual suspects yo he hasn’t done this look he has the starts what he’s doing I guess it the final he’s never gonna be great in the final world one one way a goalkeeper isn’t it’s not his forte but when he’s making those runs in and around Harry Kane well when he’s stretching teams em behind when he’s using his pieces robber sits alone more room father daily alleys no one guards to go on walk so people some people that another he’s gonna pinion but if you want them drop just because what it says on the stat sheet and you’re not watching the game properly some people want decisions some people want to drop some rubble just cuz they don’t like him do these one of those people which polarize his opinion about if you like him or dislike him you can’t not like him because of what he does on the football field cuz he’s had a great season with City and of course he you know he’s failed to hit the target for England’s in a number of games but people have just make assumptions because they dislike him personally which is which is bad really when you’re not when you look about about Gareth Southgate for a second alright nice guy accommodating all those things but in his best dreams as he’s picturing the World Cup he could not have imagined okay in north for me to to get to a World Cup final and potentially win a World Cup final I’m gonna have to go through Colombia yep Sweden Croatia and then the winner of France Belgium honestly that is some beautiful living right there and by the way this has happened because I lost a match the bracket they’ve earned their way here they’ve achieved something up until this point well my sense is that it feels like if you’re ever gonna win it and this is a moment to do so yeah there is better spirit amongst the players I mean winning spirit when England went there wasn’t that wasn’t that expectancy the players seemed to be will be getting on and I don’t think that’s been the case it’s probably you played in the European in England when Terry Venables got the squad together there was a you could see they were playing for each other there was an everybody liked each other and they played a good style of football that’s been the case in this tournament I would say to a certain degree they still haven’t played with the with great flare but they’ve been good enough and there seems to be a good spirit I think he’s tried to replicate a lot of what happens in 96 because you see them after the last game the Colombia game they all went back to the hotel they all had a few beers chair they said that wasn’t what they’d go back and have a few beers and play some music you know it’s not like right time to bed you know you need to relax you need to rehydrate he allows them to have a few beers and have a chat and go to bed she had Lee won because he appreciates this it’s high pressure there’s three or four or five days before the next game and that’s what that’s what Venables was greater he knew he could trust the players he knew they wouldn’t have 20 pints and being you know absolutely just wasn’t and he allowed them to you know to have a drink and just relax you to think is perfect from an England perspective Macker brilliant just so comfortable yeah I think the first 10 minutes were a little bit cagey then England realized that actually Sweden are not very good and were very good in the end one really comfortably as you rightly said nice thought a professional job they never looked in any moment of danger mm-hmm unqualified absolute cancer to be honest very pleased and I can’t have any qualms about the way England played because he was so comfortable I must admit I thought sweden but woeful all the things we’ve said about and being organized I’m strong and you know defensively sounds that was that went all out the Windsors today and they were a shadow of the performances they put in but you know all credit to England’s authority of Elections again today kind of felt Sweden maybe hit their ceiling and that was it today yeah but England were just too good for them and allow them to play Henderson was good again I mean he’s playing on a yellow card takes a lot of discipline back three were excellent again but they could have got two big guys up front making strong that caused Germany problems caused Mexico problems but they Maguire stones and Walker threesome was playing really well keep us playing great when garden and I’ll they were quiet in the first half when I thought sterling sterling smoking a lot of steak but obviously he’s finishing is not great it’s improved certainly improved that mindset of this year but his movement was pretty good and he’s in peace and running in behind so I just thought it was a really professional and solid performance and they never got enough leastly run that way didn’t he stay leader once you know just to break the lines and run forwards just to mix it up a little bit use of this as Englishman no easy and straightforward no penalty drama or anything like that if you defend well all around the field which England did they never really looked at threat pick for that to make three saves in the second half when Sweden started to put more pressure on but I thought stripping down the right-hand side in the first up although England in play expensive football whenever they got the ball into the wide areas they got crosses into the box Granquist wasn’t as dominant as he was against Switzerland as we saw for the for the goal and every time Engle had a free-kick it look as though Maguire was going to win the ball in the air which is a major plus for England you’d like to take a look at the statistics England with more possession more shots and deserved winners in the other comfortable deserved winners and I’ll take the point of sterling even further I think he’s a player that when we were coming into this game our concern was or the concern of English fans was okay how do we break through this very well-organized Swedish backline and indeed the midfield his movement in between the lines where he created separation from midfielders dropping back and then forces the centre back so step into a position where they don’t want to defend that either opens up spaces underneath or spaces in behind his recognition of those spaces was very good he created a separation when he ran with the ball and then when Senator Bakk stepped to him then he running behind that stretch Sweden and there was space for England to play they took advantage of the space and as a quarterfinal is you think is gonna be nervous you think it’s gonna be tied you think there’s gonna be a lot of things that may go against you this was comfortable to make three sites in the second half yeah web sites maybe so but this is this fell at times as it was a preparation match for the tournament not a quarterfinal match of the tournament don’t forget Sweden beat France in qualifying Yeah right they’d be ethically over two games the beat South Korea should have got some against Germany up till it pasted Mexico then put a very organized switzerland team it was no fluke that they got there what Englund made them look very a free study I mean I know they’re a Walkman like say but they’ve been very a lot more competitive than all these other games I talked about than they were today a lot of coaches at let’s walk up lookers F for throwing the plans out the window at least England came enough stock where plan the back three and the personnel is pretty much stayed the same also all the teams have played people can say are they’ve played some weaker teams everyone they’ve played has been teams of Saturn and tried to make it difficult which makes it can they play against there was no way that really sweet and looked as either gonna cause England problems because they didn’t have enough pace to running behind there wasn’t enough movement to create overloads anywhere on the field and they didn’t have anybody that can go past somebody with the ball so when you got those three things and haven’t got those three things you’ve got a major problem but England defended well all around the field and didn’t allow them to play their game get it up to the front players and the two front players linking up with each other they didn’t allow too many crosses to come into the box so it was a couple on the game that it’s not it wasn’t defense against attack was Belgium but the whole team was changed sure so Croatia semi-final is actually going to be one of the first games in this competition we’re then gonna gonna face I say that’s gonna go at them as much as yeah I’m going to gourmets up more might be a little bit more open for the daily Ally’s for the Raheem Sterling’s and lingas and plays up because every team that played has been teams of Saturn and put men behind the ball we now know the semi-final lineup we will have Belgium against France on the Tuesday the brackets easy to work out know why certainly still see the easier side crater in England meanwhile is the game on the Wednesday a let’s just take a look at the early odds according to the bookies England 64 on favourites to advance to the World Cup final Croatia 6 to 5 Ali I feel like you’re coming to me first because I’ve I’ve denied you the opportunity of having me jump on the bandwagon yes now exactly yeah well that’s over I’m going all-in it’s coming home well I don’t know I don’t know what home is but it’s going somewhere and I do think that this English national team makes its list why what what is what what’s the difference what have you seen as change well why don’t he just mentioned Craig that the Croatia perhaps it’s not as good as we thought they were maybe everybody look good against Argentina everybody has looked great against Argentina and Croatia did as well and I just didn’t really like the fact that there were moments today where they could have controlled the game better and they didn’t I think England can do that against Croatia and I think there’s a flattest system from England that can be superior to the backline of Croatia so in the end the balance goes to England and yes they make it to the final England will win I think Robert the right show mr- no no I think a long win Croatia’s wide players I think will be taken back you like that that’s what they did in the previous game I think against Denmark so I think I think probably gonna lose surprise you’re obviously we haven’t spanked you for a couple of weeks what are in the na’vi thought wow i didn’t quite think that he would bring what he has to the table in terms of the england yes I think everything every single players done better than I thought he would I would I would say that lingard has done much but even plays best today but I wouldn’t pad him in the team at the start of the tournament but now he’s making those runs from midfield he’s being quite dynamic Trippier you know as always the top was walking in a play as the wing back or was it gonna be trickier when they game and bring somebody else in that centre up a Trippier who lacks athleticism when it comes to defending it was done really well and he’s got lots of crosses in so he certainly surprised me right back best right back in the tournament of course early thoughts I think England I honestly think England will get to the final stop singing that bloody song no I’m not no other qualms about England one and stop let’s stop singing that song you were singing it earlier we send my hands in everybody’s head Lucretia I’ve got some great players but England had a bit of a stroll for 90 minutes compared to that one night one year they’ve just played back-to-back 128 back-to-back once when he’s on injuries is replying from Maude rich in racket I thought nor what guards gonna die poor thing he’s gonna change you know but I just think Anglin are in a good place the back fear working great keep us in great form and I think the game will open up more and we’ll see a better deli alley in hurricane and Raheem Sterling so I’m gonna go for England yeah well when we did our whatever it was called the predictor thing is match predictor yeah I adding and lose in this game but I was 10 days ago and went now I’ve seen Croatia potential predictor now online because you’ve gone the semi-final on up exactly I thought yeah I got the 14th this particular game I didn’t say the other two teams on the other side well I had England but now I’ve seen Croatia against Denmark and tonight I don’t think they’ve got that much your front to worry England I thought rabbits in crabber it a chromatic and not that good Mandzukic is plays on the periphery he doesn’t play like a centre forward anymore I think as he’s got older he’s drifted back to towards racquets hitch in moderation wants to play in there and I don’t think they’ll hurt England’s I think England’s will go through attrition record search never play Heinkel a high enough enough so you know and creme riche blending that whole behind the goal England’s evens back three look as if they can control that forward line release with these cameras won’t fight evil bras of actually I think bras official play but that means that racket itch and moderates might play a little bit further forward but then there’s not that much support for men’s ooh kitsch if the two why players end up going in deeper eras just for I just think it’s a Scotchman out don’t mean just think I think England will get to the final I think they’re playing our friends and Belgium’s are completely right but I do think England and from what I’ve seen for the switch done is what they have been I think less Croatia side heard a good side yeah don’t get me wrong but I think there’ll be more space to operate and I think that’s going to sue England we all agree we all agree that England’s god that’s creation one good puzzle all right we’ve got three days as well what’s the weakness robber weakness for England I don’t there are too many weaknesses at the moment if they against mantra Chandrika touch in midfield and if they play another somebody else in their bras of itch could they be outplayed in that area that could be the only any area but I don’t think when they do outplay England in that area have they got the threat going forward so can England get enough domination of that midfield to get their wide players high up the field to get crosses into the box weight place where were you in blame as well what’s happened to you in your brain trauma normally your debbie downer unless you’re sure by saying in its common home Robert when you looked at this on paper you kind of immerse crater rusher it’s not really that good but yet again this World Cup has defined us and it was very entertaining Russia played with great energy they got the ball forward into good air as they send a forward always looked a threat Croatia didn’t play at their very best and again set pieces were we’re an important part the game two headed goals and it’s been the case through so many games recently that set please pieces would it be a corner or a free-kick bent into the right areas teams are dangerous extra time played out more dramatically than we’ve seen certainly in previous occasions so far in this tournament is it fair it would crater deserve to go through yeah I think so I think there’s a better team Russia we’re all surprised I think they are even surprised that they got to this point but they gave themselves an opportunity they get to a penalty kick shootout it doesn’t quite work out I just think that for the spectacle for the outsiders another Russian fans for those of us watching from the outside it’s better to have Croatia and England the semi-final because Croatia is now going to test England we’re gonna see whether they can maintain the same level of possession we’re gonna see the best of England and the best of Croatia and when we talk about the best of Croatia you cannot talk about Croatia without mentioning Luka Modric he was quiet in the first half but when he got into the game later in that first half and then into the second half he’s perhaps the best player in this tournament so far in the way that he’s able to generate oftens for them in the way that he’s able to defend the possession his vision and how come he’s on the ball that level of confidence you can’t just make it up he said you know you’re good he seemed to run quicker with the ball than he did without it he went past people with such ease in that last sort of half of the game and in the extra time he was magnificent talk about a World Cup Bernal enjoys this World Cup has been fantastic but I think Russia have terrified that because coming into this world cup they couldn’t raise a gallop no it couldn’t raise a gallop we thought was it going to come from the north energy about the Stade they’ve got an ageing squad particularly black cherry Sheriff is a better staff lumber he wasn’t start on the tournament so they’ve been noting momentum played a big part as well for them they got a bit of confidence and they were absolutely but I think England and South Gate will be looking at that game and a video and saying that’s not the creation that we know and maybe and we were talking about it earlier maybe we rushed here after the Argentine game saying this is a great saying this is a good creation saying I don’t think it’s a great creation say but I think it’s better than what we saw tonight against Russia I think that will be better against England particularly the big players Paris hich modrich bracket itch Mandzukic who didn’t have the best games tonight Laden themselves proud didn’t leave Russia a lot of people didn’t even get mad the group you thought has it I mean when you saw the ends of the game they were still running around they had more energy than Earth and Croatia and the Croatia were dropping like flies a lot of their big players you have the Russians were you know gonna shave it’s you Summerlee a thirty nine at the back I can say if the goalkeeper I mean they look refreshes you light and he was still you know I had it constantly and fair plates then because we didn’t have them get in this far and they made a real goal that I thought there was a significant gap between these two teams today and I was wrong because Russia acquitted themselves again really really well and he were on forward you look at this when you look at the equaliser for that with the header Fernandez well you know you talked about it Mandzukic and the other defenders they were static tithe a doubt on their feet and he went and attacked the born it’s a great equalizer Luka Modric again with penalty drama well that’s it that could it that can quite easily many other sign well that’s a difference between them getting through and not I mean what was he miss one in the the Denmark gimme I had a cycle time then he’s den he scored one and the penalty sure and he’s got to step up again I don’t care how good a player or if you play at Real Madrid or not it’s in your head she wrote for your country and I can fief guest almost correct and every parent we did great and that must have been a split second not two seconds when that ball was coming across yeah he thought that’s hit the post and gone out I mean that that is just the difference between going into the semi-finals and getting knocked out

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