UK: 'You have to be yourself' — Mourinho sends England stage fright warning

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said he hopes England will 'be themselves' in their upcoming World Cup semi-final against Croatia, while speaking in Manchester on Tuesday. «Croatia has a great mentality, fantastic midfield players to control the game and the possession, but England is a happy team, it's a team you look at them and you see happiness,» he said. «I just hope that they are... Еще themselves and not like Belgium. The majority of the players were not themselves. In big matches you have to be yourself or a bit better.» Mourinho singled out Croatia's duo of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic as the best midfield partnership at the tournament. However, the Portuguese coach added that England have younger players and had 'easy' group phase in which they were able to rest keys players against Belgium. England will face Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 11 with the winner facing France in the final. More generally on the World Cup in Russia, the former Chelsea manager emphasised said he had thoroughly enjoyed his experience. «Lot of happiness, amazing fair play, the Japanese people cleaning the stadium, the Russian people with pride on the field,» he concluded. «It was so amazing for me to be in Russia and feel all of that.» Jose Mourinho is appearing as RT's special guest host at the World Cup.

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