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Croatia fear England’s Sterling in World Cup semi-final

Croatia fear England’s Sterling in World Cup semi-final”

Some see the fact that he is yet to score in the tournament as a huge negative.

He scored quite a few for Manchester City because of the way they play, but that is not what he is going to do (with England).

That will please Ian Wright, who has become the latest to defend the Manchester City forward. He would have knocked that one in over the top, he's got a great touch.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow a day after his side's dramatic quarter-final win over hosts Russia, Dalic was asked about England's strengths and weaknesses.

Amid the joyous celebrations that have greeted England's run to the semi-finals in Russia, Sterling seems to be acting as a lightning rod - the one player whose contribution splits opinion.

He did miss a glorious chance to put England 2-0 up against Sweden, but his all round performance was widely-praised and Gareth Southgate has stuck by his man.

"But he has become anxious about getting on the scoresheet".

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks, the winning of corners, his speed to stretch teams", Southgate told the ITV World Cup podcast.

"Against a better team like Croatia, it is important Raheem makes the right decisions".

Barnes, who started his career at Watford before moving to Liverpool and also later had a spell with Newcastle, feels the current England players will leave Russian Federation better prepared for the challenges ahead.

Unlike some of England's previous opponents, Croatia won't sit deep.

"They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a hard opponent and we respect them", he said.

And this could benefit England if Sterling makes the most of the space presented to him.

Just two goals in 42 appearances, which came against Lithuania and Estonia, isn't anything to call home about.

It is something which has been a key point of the manager's success so far and he is keen for his players to embrace the magnitude of a World Cup semi-final.



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