Croatia fear England’s Sterling in World Cup semi-final

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Jones, who made just nine global appearances for Wales, believes Sterling relies to heavily on his speed and slammed his finishing so far this World Cup.

Sterling has yet to score at this World Cup and a BBC fans' poll has rated him the worst England player in each of the four games in which he has appeared.

Despite excelling at Manchester City this season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, the 23-year-old has come in for criticism for his displays in Russian Federation.

The attacker was also a subject to social media abuse during the halftime break in the Three Lions' World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden.

"They showed from the games I've seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast".

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are unsafe at corners".

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"The way Raheem's handled everything from when we met up until now has been incredible", said Dier.

He actually mentioned Sterling a second time, praising his pace and power, and said he and his coaching team would be analysing England more closing over the next two days and passing that information on to his players.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky".

England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks, the winning of corners, his speed to stretch teams", Southgate told the ITV World Cup podcast.

"Our league is not so strong but if we had England's money, who knows where we would be".

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