England fans celebrate World Cup win over Sweden at IKEA

Heather Diaz
July 10, 2018

France comfortably defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter finals, but is likely to fall short against its neighbor, Goldman said. The Tottenham man may not have played particularly well in any game yet, but he does what he does better than any kid his age in the world - scores goals, and big goals at that - and getting off the mark in this World Cup will do his confidence no end of good.

Stones believes the bond which has been forged within Gareth Southgate's squad has proved crucial to their success.

Croatia have singled out Raheem Sterling as the chief threat posed by England ahead of the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday.

"Perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier - social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

"We've talked briefly on the team which won. How they're still held and revered", he added.

"Obviously we work on them in attack and defense, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.

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After finishing second in their Group to fellow semi finalists Belgium, Gareth Southgate's side has incredibly found itself on the easier side of the draw, avoiding the likes of France, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, while Spain and Germany faced early elimination.

These guys are a couple of games away from being immortalised, I bet they can't wait for the next game to start.

"And there's the emotion and also the fans have paid a lot, come a long way and to be able to connect with them". For us in the squad and the staff, we have that belief, team spirit, confidence to go as far as we want.

England beat Croatia 5-1 at Wembley in the last meeting between the two countries in September 2009. "I'm not going to focus on that, though!"

"I watched it with some mates, at a mate's house", he said. If we had to play two big teams in close succession, that's very hard.

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go. We'll just have to assess the bodies". Well it's not QUITE Southgate - but Southgate is REASONABLY equidistant between the two places that helped mould the England manager we now all love to sing reworked Atomic Kitten songs about.

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