Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Jamie Vardy sends Gareth Southgate update ahead of World Cup semi-final

Jamie Vardy sends Gareth Southgate update ahead of World Cup semi-final

Victoria Lopyreva, glamorous ambassador for the soccer World Cup in Russia and a former Miss Russia, urged England fans on Monday to ignore politics and travel to Moscow to support their team in Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.

He has met the hero of the 1966 final, Sir Geoff Hurst, and knows he could be just a week away from emulating an achievement many feared would never be repeated. Given the money we have, that the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, and we've got St George's Park, we have what you need to be successful, so the minimum we...

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier".

Alli was part of the England squad who crashed out of Euro 2016 with defeat by Iceland and he said Southgate had encouraged the players to confront that memory before the tournament. We don't want to let anyone down. So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud. We wanted to play good football, work hard, play with passion - and we have done that.

But he is far from a solo act.

Willian warns Hazard as Chelsea teammates prepare to clash at World Cup
In fact, if we are to think about the swap, it should be Chelsea who should pay us for Martial and throw Willian into the deal. But United have the last say here, and it is also reported that they aren't very keen to lose the talented youngster just yet.

England's achievement in reaching the last four has been played down by some after they qualified from a group containing Tunisia and Panama before meeting Colombia and Sweden in the knockout phase.

Zlatko Dalic's side beat hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties in their last-eight match in Sochi to set up an encounter with Gareth Southgate's Three Lions.

We've given you five minutes to get all your wrong answers out and we should also point out that he did deploy someone in midfield that night who is more accustomed to a role as a striker.

"I feel like I've settled down into the tournament". We get to see our families now and then. I just focus on being the best I possibly can for myself and for the team.

"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. I don't think that is right because every keeper is different. Yet, they still need to strengthen up their shaky back line.

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