MOSCOW – England midfielder Jordan Henderson said on Tuesday that players and fans should not exaggerate the importance of the Three Lions’ 2018 World Cup semifinal against Croatia.
“It’s a massive game for us, we all know that, but there’s no need to make it bigger than what it already is,” he told a press conference on the eve of the match.
England, the 1966 World Cup champion, is set to face Croatia on Wednesday after reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1990.
“We’re concentrating on what we want to do and create. We’ve taken it game by game and will continue to do that,” the 28-year-old Liverpool captain said.
Henderson praised two of the Croatian players, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, and Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren, who plays on the back line.