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Loftus-Cheek started two out of England's three World Cup group games, and although he has yet to appear in the knockout stages for the Three Lions in Russian Federation, he has shown his potential as a combative and tough-tackling central midfielder, who is capable of playing for any Premier League side.

Solihull England fan Sheila Grandfield is getting ready for Waistcoat Wednesday after watching the team's historic quarter final victory against Sweden yesterday at her local pub The Wharf Tavern.

"This was near my house opposite the school I used to go to", he said.

Southgate and his players trained at their base in Repino on Tuesday morning before heading for Moscow and the Luzhniki Stadium where their fate will be decided on Wednesday evening.

Several people were photographed on top of the ambulance.

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"It's not the same if you play 90 minutes twice and 120 minutes twice, but I believe we've had ample time to recover and we're professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said. I'm not going to focus on that. Anyway, we won and the staff made this big thing about my lucky socks, saying I had to wear them next game.

"Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", the England boss said with a smile.

"We've had the chance to make a difference".

"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".

"We're only the second team to reach a semi-final out of our country, and that's quite significant".

"Hopefully they'll just get their heads down, work hard and get the win for us".

"The more of these tests we can come through, the better, not just for now, but moving forward".

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