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England makes final four for 1st time since '90

10 July 2018

They now potentially stand just 90 minutes away from their first major tournament final in 52 years, when they last won the World Cup back in 1966.

After the group phase, Neville laid out how he felt the knockout stages would play out in Russian Federation and he pretty much nailed it.

The Spurs right-back has been one of the key men in the squad as Gareth Southgate's side have reached the World Cup semi-final.

Dele Alli still has to sometimes pinch himself when he considers the strides he has made from League One to a World Cup semi-final with England.

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"The dressing room or the manager won't be but when you look at the path, why wouldn't you get excited?" Why wouldn't you feel confident?

The 68-year-old insists it is paramount today's team do not get carried away with the prospect of worldwide football's greatest prize so close, and he has been impressed by how Southgate has managed emotions. It's the expectation of: can we beat Colombia? Yes. After the Sweden game we fixed our attention purely to Wednesday.

"We can't wait to get going now against Croatia", he added.

"There has been a lot of changes since that moment (defeat to Iceland in the last 16), a moment where we were honestly extremely disappointed and we knew we couldn't let that happen again".

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"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier, social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really unsafe".

"We have one more step to go in Croatia and we'll treat it as "one game at a time". We should be grateful of the side of the draw we're on and grateful for the spirit and performances they're putting in. "We should continue to show that belief against Croatia - we've got a real chance".

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England makes final four for 1st time since '90