Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

Leroy Wright
July 12, 2018

The website for a fan park in London's Hyde Park crashed as tens of thousands tried to snap up one of 30,000 tickets to watch the match. They have been great ambassadors for our country.

"If you look at all of our attacking patterns and the way that our front four have combined and played, he's been instrumental in that, so I think he's a player that's really appreciated by the team".

"They are all pampered, they're all headphones and you can't get anything out of them", said former player turned analyst Chris Waddle.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work". Football can unite. We can feel the energy and support from home, and that's a privilege'. "It's a very special feeling, it's a privilege for us". "So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".

After England gave up a tying goal to Brazil in first-half stoppage time in the 2002 Soccer World Cup quarter-finals, Southgate felt coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lacked inspirational oratory in the locker room at half-time. "It's a massive game against Wales but we're confident of getting a win and a place in France next year".

"There are lots of similarities between us and them because they're a humble lot who are in it together".

Steven Gerrard says England will beat Croatia and are a 'dangerous' team
England's semi-final defeat to West Germany at the 1990 World Cup in Italy saw Britain's record sudden power surge of 2,800MW. Fast forward 14 years and the pair are set for a much bigger showdown with a spot in the World Cup final up for grabs.

Two years ago England crashed out of the European Championship in the first knockout round with a 2-1 defeat by Iceland after an abysmal performance.

"The delivery from wide areas in general is key, particularly from the right-hand side as Kieran Trippier's delivery is one of the best at the World Cup".

"We ere enjoying the journey, we came here to enjoy our football", Southgate said.

After finishing second to Argentina in Group H following victories over Jamaica and Japan, World Cup debutants Croatia claimed some impressive scalps on their way to the semi-finals.

Croatia, on the other hand, find themselves reaping the rewards - at long last - of a golden generation of players, who for so long teased with potential and promise, but never made good on their proverbial "dark-horse" status at major tournaments.

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