Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Despite progress, much work remains for Southgate and England

Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final
Chelsea Rogers | 13 July, 2018, 07:47

In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted.

But after the game many fans were sobbing while others looked to the future with confidence after their once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia. "We have never won the World Cup so we can't say the same thing, can we?" he concluded.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time - which has already played host to headliners in Roger Waters and The Cure - announced they would be screening the match to 30,000 lucky England fans who registered for a ballot. "Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them".

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".

"We're still one of only three teams ever to get to a semi-final, and I think for all of the players and staff they have got to be proud of that".

Following the relatively stress-free 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden and with no fresh injury worries or suspensions, the smart money would be on Southgate selecting the same XI for Wednesday's last-four tie with Croatia.

Domagoj Vida and Mario Mandzukic let the young ones join in the post-match celebrations on the Luzhniki pitch.

Jamie Redknapp delivered a criticism of Tottenham ace Dele Alli for his England display in the World Cup.

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"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

The most-cherished national team memory remains the 1966 World Cup final victory at Wembley over West Germany, a demarcation point in the island's history as much as 1066 (the Norman invasion) and 1707 (union with Scotland).

"We blew our chances", 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

"You have to give credit to Croatia and Dalic", Robson said.

"We have a good opportunity to give them something back for 20 years ago when they reached the final", Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said.

"But, once we were here we really believed we could win the game".

Even leaving aside the fact they're into the final, the French have trailed in just one match so far.

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