England makes final four for 1st time since '90

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England makes final four for 1st time since '90

And there were growing concerns about whether or not he would be fit enough to be ready in time for Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia. The Three Lions maybe have issues creating chances from open play, but they are also shutting oppositions' attacks.

"Sadly I've been guilty of that as a player at my clubs", Southgate said.

We'll find out tomorrow if Aldi stores will be closing at 3pm instead of 4pm on Sunday, with it all relying on the outcome of England's game against Croatia. I think Barry Hearn paid for the squad to have a trip to Las Vegas and I remember Harry and Tom asking me if they could go.

"We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said. Ernst Happel of Austria led the Netherlands to the 1978 final, where it lost in extra time to Argentina.

Harry Kane, meanwhile, believes England's World Cup heroes can inspire a generation - just like he was as a young fan.

"We watched the game today and saw how good they are from dead-ball situations", captain Luka Modric said.

'I had a junior football team and Kieran played for my team and he had just one on from there. "Now, having had the baby, I've really felt a massive weight off my shoulders".

Kane scored twice in the opening game against Tunisia, including a last-minute victor, and a hat-trick in the rout of Panama.

With regards to England's midfield, Thompson has been very impressed with Jordan Henderson and thinks that his performances so far in Russian Federation have shown why he is playing ahead of Tottenham's Eric Dier. But for me, as a family man, it's so important to be around when those special occasions happen.

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.

"Nutmeg him again? Hopefully". And we've completed a World Cup.

The midfielder, by his own admission, didn't have his best game.

"When you look at it like that, obviously it's great, but more importantly it was about the team", he said.

"The one thing that's come across with this squad is they've kept their feet on the floor, nobody's getting too excited and I think that's the right approach".

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