Southgate invokes spirit of '66 as Lions feel history at their shoulder

Southgate invokes spirit of '66 as Lions feel history at their shoulder

Southgate invokes spirit of '66 as Lions feel history at their shoulder

Jesse Lingard has been excellent and is surely a certain starter, leaving the issue as a straight choice between Dele Alli, who scored in the 2-0 win over Sweden but is carrying a knock and was otherwise quiet, and Raheem Sterling.

Belgium also seems to have grown from its World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016 underachievements and is ready to take that great leap forward into the hallowed place of the final.

Dier is likely to start on the bench with manager Gareth Southgate preferring Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in the defensive midfield slot but he could well feature at some stage against a Croatia side whose strength is in central midfield.

England's most capped player Peter Shilton believes Gareth Southgate's grounded approach will stand the Three Lions in good stead for their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

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Cherchesov walked into the room still visibly dazed after the dramatic ending. "The World Cup was a strong motivation of me". The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals.

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

"We also feel we've had events on when we've been in camp when some of those guys have been in, when the road was named at St George's [Park] after Sir Alf. It's not surprised me the way he's played".

"I watched it with some mates, at a mate's house", he said.

"We have one more step to go in Croatia and we'll treat it as "one game at a time".

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A few days later, as England beat Sweden to make the semis, some rudimentary Photoshop skills in our Roundel Ramblings group, echoed the same sweet sentiment.

The 68-year-old insists it is paramount today's team do not get carried away with the prospect of worldwide football's greatest prize so close, and he has been impressed by how Southgate has managed emotions. But they like a lot of their. "I'm not going to focus on that, though!"

Les Bleus boast stars at goalkeeper, in defense, midfield and attack, and their is the envy of most other global sides. They turned in their best team performance at this World Cup in the quarters, and there was loads to enjoy right across the park.

"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue through a tournament, that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything. We'll just have to assess the bodies".

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