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Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

12 July 2018
Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Gareth Southgate's England side are hoping their young legs can carry them past a Croatia team who have endured two penalty shootouts in a row.

Croatia survived two penalty shootouts against Denmark and host Russian Federation to reach the semifinals, the first time it has been at this stage since the famous team of 1998 finished third in France.

Now, this is a massive day for the English team, it's their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

"I want to say to English fans: "Guys, get it together, come to Russian Federation and support your national team because they have got into the semi-final", Lopyreva said. I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates".

"This generation has been underrated for a long time but they have shown their qualities when it matters and they will go down in history as a great generation that has come close to the "bronze Vatreni" of 1998".

Alright lads, strap into your VW Polos, drive down to the local pisser, order a round of Carlsberg Special Brews and locate the least moist pub booth you can: it's the World Cup semi-final showdown between England and Croatia.

Kane is England's trump card, but he has been feeding off scraps in this tournament and has done so well to come up with six goals from a combination of penalties and scrappy finishes in the box.

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

"It's completely irrelevant, " he said through a translator.

Last October, Lovren was taken off by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp just 31 minutes into a game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, when Kane scored twice in a 4-1 win for his side.

"I don't know what to say".

Kane, who tops the Golden Boot standings in Russian Federation, had already scored and assisted as Spurs recorded a 4-1 victory in October.

Even though he gets himself into great positions and should score goals in even game he plays, Sterling is a bad finisher when chances come his way and he needs to be more clinical if he gets in decent positions against Croatia tonight. Although there's often outrage in the country when ITV shows a game over the BBC, largely as a result of the ad breaks during halftime, ITV commentators Jon Champion and Ally McCoist have emerged as one of the most popular pairings in a long time.

"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training". Ask Justin Timeberlake, and he'll tell you the same thing. "You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".