Former Watford winger Ashley Young believes England have put themselves in an excellent position to reach the World Cup final but insists nobody is getting carried away.

The 33-year-old has been a key member of Gareth Southgate’s side throughout the competition and provided the assists for Harry Maguire’s opener in the quarter-final win over Sweden.

That triumph saw England reach the semi-final stage for the first time since 1990, but Young insists the squad are remaining calm.

Young said: "I think we have got a great chance. We have put ourselves in a great position to go on and win it.

"I said before the start of the tournament we're not going out there not to win the World Cup.

"But we haven't won anything yet. There is no point in celebrating. Obviously it was nice to get the victory and the celebrations were muted just because we know there are still big games to come. We know there is a lot to play for."

Young is preparing for a tough encounter against a Croatia side with plenty of talent.

He said: "Croatia are a very good team. They are not in the semi-final for no reason. We have got to be prepared for them.

"Luka Modric is a fantastic player but they have players around the squad who are going to be difficult opponents."