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Southgate eyeing England victory over Croatia to move on from World Cup heartbreak

Gareth Southgate has told his England players to forget their World Cup frustration and go for the jugular against semi-final foes Croatia. Credit: PA

Gareth Southgate has told his England players to forget their World Cup frustration and go for the jugular against semi-final foes Croatia in Sunday's crunch Nations League clash.

Just 130 days after breaking English hearts in Moscow, Zlatko Dalic's men arrive at Wembley for a winner-takes-all clash that will send the victor through to the inaugural Finals next summer.

Relegation from the top tier awaits the defeated side, while a draw would see Spain top Group A4 despite losing 3-2 in their last two matches.

Southgate's men also face relegation if the match ends in a score draw, but the Three Lions boss cares little about the permutations as victory is all that he is focused on.

"It's dead simple, really," the England manager said. "We win, we go to a semi-final and that's all we will focus on and everything else. We just go for it.

Just 130 days after breaking English hearts in Moscow, Zlatko Dalic's men arrive at Wembley for a winner-takes-all clash Credit: PA

"There's no point in hedging our bets that we might do this, we might do that, or we need a 0-0.

"We want to send our fans away with a performance that excites them, and we have got a chance to get through what's been a really strong group, so for me, we just focus on going for the win."

"I think for me it is about our team and now," Southgate said.

"We didn't get over the line in the summer, and we want to try to prove that we have learned from that, and have improved from the summer, and we play a team which we hugely respect with real competitors and warriors.

"They have shown they have flipped from a 6-0 defeat in September to a win in the 93rd minute.

"It tells us everything about their mentality and quality. I just think it is a great game for everybody to look forward to."