Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

England can not be hindered by history, says Southgate

England can not be hindered by history, says Southgate

The World Cup, which has thrown up a number of surprises during the tournament, has been a boon for British broadcasters. At the time of writing, no player in the tournament has scored more goals than the Tottenham striker.

Luka Modric and Co trained at their base in Sochi on Wednesday as they fine-tuned preparations for the game on Saturday night in the south of Russian Federation.

"And, again, after this tournament, whatever happens now, get behind them, because in two years' time, four years' time, that might be the support that helps them go on and win that trophy". They have good players and they seem to be very organised.

WHY CROATIA WINS: The Croatians are just as balanced as Brazil or England - and might have the best box-to-box midfield tandem in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. It was a nonstop three-hour roar, as the three lions battled a gritty and resilient Colombia.

"But I would say at the moment England - nobody speaks about England but they are unsafe - Brazil or France".

"We've also taken the decision to give the staff some much needed time off, after all of the hard work and effort they've put into the games so they can enjoy the forthcoming game at their leisure".

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Ronaldo recently returned from the World Cup in Russian Federation after Portugal were knocked out at the last 16 by Uruguay. But he missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iran and failed to score in his side's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in the last 16.

"We had total belief in what we were doing right through to the end", he said. If you woke them up in the middle of the night, they would know every position in defending - any possibility in the game, they know what to do. The Swedes have a decent record against England.

The way the draw has opened up for England is a massive carrot for them, and I think they will continue their progress.

Gareth Southgate admitted his team had so far managed to free themselves from the psychological pressure that had burdened some of their predecessors.

The popular tabloid, known for its provocative headlines, ran with a front-page picture of England captain Harry Kane and the words "Go Kane!", a pun on Colombia's reputation as a drug exporter. England's back line has been impressive and Jordan Henderson's leadership, energy and engagement in midfield were noticeable from where I was sitting.

"FIFA is extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game", the world football body says in a statement.

"I saw a monumental theft".

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