To that point, we had been allowing Spain to play their game, passing the ball like we all...
"We'd been spending a lot of time on set pieces, right down to the details, all the runs and the blocks", said midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Following the relatively stress-free 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden and with no fresh injury worries or suspensions, the smart money would be on Southgate selecting the same XI for Wednesday's last-four tie with Croatia.
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"England have great players - they are a fantastic team", he added.
But he is certainly well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.
Despite a comfortable run through their group, Croatia has had a tougher ride in the knockout rounds, needing extra time and penalties to eliminate both Denmark in the round of 16 and then hosts Russian Federation in the last four.
"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through".
England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday.
Monaco goalkeeper Subasic saved three penalties in Croatia's shootout win over Denmark in the round of 16, and another in the quarter-finals as the Vatreni dramatically ousted hosts Russian Federation on penalties.