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"'Football's coming home' is a song I couldn't even listen to for 20 years, frankly, so for me it has a slightly different feel, " Southgate said Tuesday on the eve of England's World Cup semifinal match against Croatia.

England and Croatia are teams that innovated over time but have generally been immutable during the World Cup, sticking to virtually identical starting lineups except for group phase finales, after advancement was secure.

"It's fantastic what the team has achieved, not only this World Cup but in the first one they ever took part in in 1998 when they took out bronze". How are the English feeling?

"They have a lot of quality, they play well, well organised and a physically strong, but we are also aware of our quality". They have not advanced to the Final since 1966, when they won it all.

However, Liverpool centre-back Lovren dismissed such fears.

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Southgate said he was convinced that win or lose on Wednesday, his team have a bright future after decades of English under-achievement on the global stage. "It's something very big for us", said Croatia fan Neman, arriving at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training".

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

Against a tired Croatian side that has been pushed to penalties in their past two games, England have a clear advantage and will look to Kane to make the most of it.

Wednesday's game will see Lovren reacquainted with Kane, who has carried his prolific form in the Premier League to Russian Federation and is the leading scorer at the tournament with six goals.

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"I don't know what to say".

The England skipper has six goals to date in Russian Federation, putting him two clear in the Golden Boot race, and is on the verge of becoming just the third player to score on every day of the week for the Three Lions.

Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom.

The World Cup Final is scheduled for Sunday, July 15 at 11:00am ET.

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