ZELENOGORSK, Russia – The England squad was training on Tuesday ahead of its World Cup semifinal against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
At their base in Zelenogorsk, near Saint Petersburg, coach Gareth Southgate presided over a session in which the players were seen laughing as they tossed around a rubber chicken, showing few nerves ahead of England’s biggest game in nearly 30 years.
Wednesday’s semifinal will be only the third ever that the Three Lions have competed in, after 1966, when they won the tournament; and 1990, when they lost to West Germany on penalties.
Seventeen players of England’s 23-man squad were not born the last time the team reached a World Cup semifinal.
Southgate has no fresh injury concerns ahead of his country’s ninth meeting with Croatia, and is likely to name the same starting 11 which eliminated Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinal.
Croatia versus England will be played on July 11 at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital.