England legends react to reaching World Cup semi-finals

08 July, 2018, 04:59 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Kane looks on as Lingard scores the winner against Sweden in 2015

Gareth Southgate insists there is more to come from his maturing England after they reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. "But it's an fantastic feeling to be going to a semi-final at a World Cup".

"We know that in years to come they will be stronger but today was a huge opportunity for us and not something we wanted to miss out on".

A spokesman for the force said the arrests were for public order offences after the Three Lions won a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time. Now they have to stay calm and keep doing exactly what they've been doing because they look exciting and the dark horses in the competition.

"They can give hope to them and, like I said the other day, we're not a team where we just turn up and we're waltzing around strolling around and we've got an entitlement".

"Maybe we need to encourage him a little bit more to get into those areas where I think his strengths lie and where he can have the biggest impact on the game. [Didier] Deschamps is able to make them play in a good way and it's a pleasure to watch their games". I don't think this was my best performance on the pitch.

"Of course, when you sit and think about the people who've got to this point before, people I hugely respect and admire, it's hard to put that into perspective, really".

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"Most of our boys have played in the Championship or lower, whether they started there or played on loan there".

Another standout performer for England was Leicester defender Maguire, who headed his side into the lead with his first global goal.

The Tottenham striker is also level with Gary Lineker's England record from the 1986 World Cup as he leads the race for the Golden Boot.

As your own national team starts to do well in the World Cup, it is very easy to get carried away with the feeling that "it's coming home" and hard to assess their chances in an objective manner.

"After previous year of course there will be more pressure and more eyes on us, but I'm confident come kick-off that they will be ready to go".

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