"Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, 'Can they step up?"
Nick Colgan, originally from South Yardley in Birmingham, has lived in the country for the past 15 years.
"I don't think anyone was expecting either England or Croatia to get this far".
England had not reached the final four of the World Cup in 28 years, but are now just two games away from winning only their second major title.
Mr Colgan's English wife Charlotte will also be cheering on the Three Lions, and he has three children - Gemma, Lily, who is travelling after finishing a degree at the University of Birmingham, and Ben, who in Birmingham studying.
Russia's ministry of communications said there had been 6,300 new applications for fan IDs, the document that allows visa-free entry to Russian Federation during the World Cup, since England beat Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday.
Few more problems for the Croatian side to sort out, they are sweating on the fitness of their full-back Sime Vrsaljko. It's a tough one but I've got to go with my roots and support the Croatian boys. But England has not been in the final since 1966, when it won its only World Cup title. "I think France will win the title".
After the win against Sweden, Bournemouth experienced a party atmosphere as thousands flooded into the streets.