The second World Cup semi-final takes place on Wednesday and England’s momentum can carry them past Croatia.
The Three Lions excelled in their 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden, playing with a control and composure rarely displayed by previous vintages.
Everything seems to have fallen into place for Gareth Southgate’s men and there is genuine excitement surrounding his side, although he will do all he can to keep his troops calm.
England have looked strong from back to front, with most notably Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli excelling in the win over the Blugalt.
The Three Lions’ first World Cup semi-final since Italia ’90 has caught the imagination and now the magnificent Luzhniki Stadium clash against a talented, yet not always cohesive Croatia side awaits.
The Vatreni were perfect in the group stages but have stalled against Denmark and Russia, requiring penalties to edge past both.
Fatigue could be a factor and England should have the strength to see their European neighbours off.
Despite their lack of rhythm, Croatia do have talent and have seen eight different players score during the current finals.
England have largely relied on Harry Kane but it was Maguire and Alli who stepped up to the plate against Sweden.
Although this second semi-final is unlikely to be as open as the other match between France and Belgium, the attacking talent on show, combined with the propensity for defensive errors from set-pieces, means both teams will expect to get on the score sheet.
Neither set of players are angels and with so much at stake, tactical fouls are extremely likely.
It means the referee and his assistants are likely to be busy, especially with a place in the World Cup final on the line and both teams hoping to get whatever edge they can.
Look out for plenty of yellow cards in Moscow in what should be a hugely entertaining game.
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