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Zlatko Dalic references 'it's coming home' when analysing England 2-1 Croatia

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England are through to the semi-final stage of the UEFA Nations League.

The Three Lions faced a must-win game against Croatia at Wembley and got the business done late on.

Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric had given the visitors the lead in the second-half after a host of missed England chances in the first period - shades of the World Cup semi-final.

However, this time Gareth Southgate's young side managed to comeback and snatch a 2-1 victory, with goals coming from Jesse Lingard and captain Harry Kane.

England will now be one of four teams for the final stage of the competition next summer in Portugal.

It was another stark reminder of just how much has changed under Southgate's rule.

England scared Croatia time and time again with their pace, with fans once again proud of the national side.

In the build-up to the game, a lot of focus was on the "it's coming home" chants from England present at the World Cup, which supposedly angered Croatia players.

However, manager Zlatko Dalic actually referenced the song in his post-match analysis of England's performance.

Dalic on the touchline

According to Evening Standard journalist James Olley, Dalic was commenting on how young and fast the Three Lions are, before adding: "It's coming home, very soon."

Fair play, Zlatko.

Whether the Croatian players will share the opinion of the manager is another thing entirely.

Both Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren were very vocal about how the use of "it's coming home" angered them in the build-up to the World Cup semi-final.

After the game, Southgate was quick to praise Kane, labelling him the best goal scorer in world football.

Kane celebrates his goal

He said: "Kane is the best goalscorer in the world, frankly - you are always loathed to take a player like that off. He's our main penalty-taker, he's our leader. In 98% of the games, his hold-up play and everything else he brings to the game is critical."

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Football
Gareth Southgate
Zlatko Dalic
Croatia Football
Andrej Kramaric
Dejan Lovren
Jesse Lingard
Harry Kane
England Football
Luka Modric

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