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Gareth Southgate decides England starting XI for World Cup semi-final against Croatia

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Gareth Southgate decides England starting XI for World Cup semi-final against Croatia
The Three Lions squad have been given a clean bill of health for Wednesdays game (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate has decided to name an unchanged starting XI for Englands World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia on Wednesday night, according to reports.

The Three Lions have had several fitness worries going into the match, with Jordan Henderson suffering from a tight hamstring in the final stages of the win over Sweden and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford hurting his thumb.

But the squad have been given a clean bill of health, while Southgate will retain his faith in Raheem Sterling despite unfair criticism of his performances.

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England have looked in good spirits as they recovered from beating Sweden (Picture: Rex)
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The squad will fly it into Moscow on Tuesday and have one more training session (Picture: Rex)

Dele Alli has also been singled out for having under-performed, but his goal and all-round energetic display against Sweden will see him keep his place in the starting XI.

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There had been suggestions that Southgate might bring in either Eric Dier or Fabian Delph to sit alongside Henderson, but the Daily Mirror report England will stick with the adventurous approach that has served them so well.

Gareth Southgate decides England starting XI for World Cup semi-final against Croatia
Southgate is expected to pick the same team that beat Tunisia, Colombia and Sweden

Croatia, however, may not have the luxury of naming an unchanged side, with several key players missing training on Monday.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic tweaked an existing hamstring problem in the closing stages of Croatias win over Russia, though played on regardless and even made a crucial stop in the penalty shootout.

Southgate on Englands injury concerns

More so the other night coming into today. But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue through a tournament thats why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything. So well just have to assess people as we go. Hendo was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change. Well just have to assess the bodies.

Gareth Southgate decides England starting XI for World Cup semi-final against Croatia
Croatia are already in Moscow and trained at the Luzhniki stadium on Monday (Picture: Getty)

Atletico Madrid right-back Sime Vrsaljko is a major doubt, having limped off in Sochi, meaning Vedran Corluka could come into the back-line and necessitate a slight reshuffle.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren also missed training, though it is believed to only be a precaution, while Croatia will have to decide whether to play with a third central midfielder or not – as they did against Denmark.

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