Paul Gascoigne. Photo: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

Legendary England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has told the current team that the key to winning Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Croatia is to "play as if you were 10 years of age."

Talking to British newspaper the Daily Mirror, Gascoigne said: "They have to play like I did, for the crowd, for the fans. If they are struggling, the fans will cheer them on. Just play for England, for the fans."

England manager Gareth Southgate - a team-mate of Gascoigne's at Euro 96 will perhaps sound a note of caution before his side takes the advice to heart.

Gascoigne played in the England team that lost the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup on penalties to West Germany - the last time England reached that stage of the competition before now.

His perhaps over-eager style earned him a yellow card that would have seen him banned from the final had England made it and led to the midfielder known universally as "Gazza" breaking down in tears in the middle of the game.