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Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

England fans celebrate World Cup win over Sweden at IKEA

England fans celebrate World Cup win over Sweden at IKEA

England have managed to improve as a national squad under Gareth Southgate, who is leading the team in their first global tournament since the 2016 European Championship, where former manager Roy Hodgson's contract ended following a 2-1 loss to Iceland.

"I think you can see that in the way that we play, the way that we fight for each other". They had to beat Denmark and Russian Federation on their way to the last four, but they did not manage to do it against either of the two teams.

But with the euphoria of Saturday's win having turned into focus on Wednesday's match with Croatia, Trippier says England will be ready to go again in Moscow.

"Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach", he said.

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

"I said the same thing before the Colombia game - it's not me getting carried away". It's 28 years since we got to a semi-final but no player in the dressing room would have told you "we're not confident" or "we're not going to get there". "Maybe I am in the right place at the right time and we all work hard, but the game belongs to the players, the manager has his role, but it is different". "Thank you for coming on our ride with us". You sponsor a lot of our national teams / events and I'm sure that your staff will appreciate this great gesture! Hendo (Jordan Henderson) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change. Some people when they nutmeg (someone), they call it but never been something I've done.

I haven't watched England and thought: 'Wow.' In any game.

"But I thought we handled it really well".

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.

After a heartbreaking loss on home soil in the final of EURO 2016, France have a point to prove and will be determined to secure their spot in the World Cup final.

None of the players got suspended for two yellow cards throughout the tournament.

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