Raheem Sterling is one of England’s biggest threats - Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic

Gareth Southgate

REUTERSGareth Southgate admits the team as a group have been through so much already

The Manchester City forward was chastised over missed chances despite the Three Lions reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

It was an otherwise-promising performance for Sterling, arguably his best of the competition, as he repeatedly found pockets of space and was a consistent danger against a solid defence.

"We as a country are united behind the team".

"He was a constant threat to Sweden".

While he finally got an assist at the ongoing edition, his performances have not been up to scratch and many fans have called on Gareth Southgate to drop him in favour of Marcus Rashford.

England take on Croatia on Wednesday for a place in the World Cup final against either France or Belgium.

'Raz, he's a nightmare for us defenders, ' said the defender.

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. The 23-year-old Man City attacker paid a tribute to the English supporters in his twitter account who cheered the team on in Samara and the millions doing so back home after the game.

And Dier feels Sterling's handling of the whole situation has been nothing short of "incredible", before going on to laud his team-mate's World Cup performances. "I think he's had a fantastic World Cup".

Those rumours proved unfounded as Sterling played the full 90 minutes of the 6-1 rout, setting up Jesse Lingard for England's goal of the tournament so far.

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

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