It has been nearly 30 years since England managed to find themselves in the semi-finals of a World Cup. However, tomorrow will see Gareth Southgate’s men doing just that. They face Croatia, the winners taking on France this Sunday after Les Bleus defeated Belgium in their semi-final.
Croatia will be no pushovers, but one England player will be very confident ahead of facing the Balkan side. There’s one member of the Croatian starting XI who will not want to face Harry Kane. Surely Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren’s memories of facing the Tottenham striker might be painful. Back in October, Tottenham bested Liverpool with Kane in fine form. He scored two and assisted one in a 4-1 win, tearing Lovren apart in the process. Kane showed the Croat no mercy in a fierce striking display. The way that he left Lovren scrambling for the first of his goals and again when giving Heung-min Son a finish on a plate was simply magnificent.
Harry Kane is always going to be key for England’s hopes. But there is no way that Lovren will have forgotten that October performance just yet. Tomorrow evening the Tottenham striker will no doubt be looking to put on a similar masterclass. Lovren has improved since that day. But if Kane can run him ragged like he did at Wembley than England will have every chance of picking up all three points.