ZELENOGORSK, Russia – England’s central midfielder Jordan Henderson and striker Jamie Vardy attended on Tuesday the last English squad’s training session prior to their crucial Russia 2018 semifinal match against Croatia as both are tapped to play Wednesday’s match in Moscow.
Henderson, the Liverpool City captain and midfielder who injured his hamstring during the quarterfinal match against Sweden has recovered enough to play on England’s starting-eleven formation versus Croatia’s Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
On the other hand, Leicester City striker, Vardy, who has now recovered from a groin injury suffered during the round-of-16 match versus Colombia, will probably watch the kick-off from the sidelines, on the bench, unless England’s manager Gareth Southgate requires him to jump onto the playing field. Vardy tweeted his followers a brief: “Good to be back training with the lads.”
In line with the “Three Lions” tradition, the final training session before the match took place at their Zelenogorsk headquarters, a small town located 50 km North of Saint Petersburg.
The training session was characterized by a good deal of player’s laughter and banter as England’s team faces its first semifinal in 28 years,( Italy 1990,) and if it wins Croatia, they will backtrack to England’s 1966 World Cup final, which the “Three Lions” won 52 years ago.
The English team will travel to Moscow after lunch and remain at Luzhniki stadium while Gareth Southgate and an English player attend a pre-game press conference.