I've played with Luka [Modric] and for me he is one of the best midfielders in the world by far. Maybe we thought they had everything under control but no, it is not that simple. They turned in their best team performance at this World Cup in the quarters, and there was loads to enjoy right across the park.
England manager Gareth Southgate on a potential World Cup win: "We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won". We've shown belief and I think that's what is going to get us over the line in this game'. So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud.
Hurst said none of the three teams still in Russian Federation should frighten England. There is an abundance of attacking talent on show - insane pace in Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku; guile in Kevin de Bruyne and Antoine Griezmann.
The Barcelona midfielder showed his class when asked about the prospect of facing England in the semi-final, highlighting what it means to face the country where football began.
I genuinely don't think they'll fail the test.
Gareth Southgate might tweak some things tactically, but I don't think that will prove to be that important in deciding the outcome.
Southgate spent time in the United States at the start of the year, watching the Super Bowl but also National Basketball Association games in a bid to discover how teams got themselves into space near the basket via choreographed moves and plays.
"But if they play three up top, it's not wise".
"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue, through a tournament that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".
"Just to be a part of it, we're absolutely buzzing". I think we can blow these away by two or three goals and my prediction would be a 3-0 victory for England with Raheem getting off the mark at this World Cup with the opening goal.
"(We hoped we would have) a long month together, which we have done.
After some well-earned downtime following the battling win over Sweden to secure a place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, it was back to work for Gareth Southgate's squad in Repino.
But it's more than just England's crossing ability. "They've gone to two extra-times, and if you have to go to extra-time against Russian Federation".