Fresh, confident and Southgate - the key words to describe England team

Ognjen Vukojevic

We'll have to see how the teams look when starting lineups post, but for a second time this cup, Belgium is the favorite against England and should continue to be, unless Belgium rests its stars and England players its big boys.

It is played between the teams who were eliminated in the semi-final of the competition.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018.

Dalic's men saw off England in extra-time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, when they bounced back from Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute opener to eventually triumph 2-1. The two are good friends with Dalic calling Blazevic during this World Cup to get some advice.

"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games".

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard. He's captained the team brilliantly throughout this tournament.

In addition to touching on England's preparations for the nation's biggest game in almost three decades, Southgate took the time to praise World Cup hosts Russian Federation.

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They return to Moscow for the game against Croatia, having played in the Russian capital in the last 16 against Colombia, albeit at the smaller Spartak Stadium.

It also garnered more television viewers than four of the eight last 15 fixtures, and two of the four quarter-finals.

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

"This match should never be played".

Will Kumar, who was also dashing to the 8.45am departure, said: "After the second goal on Saturday I texted my wife and said, "I'm going", and that's when the planning started".

"The worst thing is that there is a chance you are going to lose twice in a row". Play well in Russian Federation and be rewarded; don't, and you won't find your name here.

"There is only one award that counts and that is becoming world champions".

Meanwhile, the most popular three words for home team Russian Federation are "host", "fans" and "low-ranking".

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