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See the England side predicted to face Croatia

 • by Danny Lee
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July 4, 1990. England suffer heartbreak and Gazza is in tears. The Three Lions are coming home. Fast forward 28 years and England are back in the World Cup semi final for the firs time since that fateful night in Italy.

Gareth Southgate is at the helm, Jordan Pickford’s performances are reminiscent of the legendary Peter Shilton, and Harry Kane is sitting pretty in the race for the Golden boot – something Gary Lineker will be able to relate to.

In 1990, England came home heroes. It’s time for the class of 2018 to do the same. The Three Lions have a chance to put all their demons behind them when they face Croatia on Wednesday evening in Moscow.

Already turning over a new leaf in Russia, winning a penalty shoot-out against Colombia in the round of 16, Southgate’s side put on an assured display against Sweden on Saturday by winning 2-0 in Samara.

Pickford was in sublime form against the Swedes and goals either side of half time from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli secured a semi-final place.

Is it time to start believing? Could it really be coming home? Baddiel and Skinner certainly continue to think so.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the England side it believes will start the game.

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