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It is coming home? Odds on England World Cup win shorten after Sweden win
FIFA World Cup 2018 win would be ‘crazier’ than 1966 triumph: Gareth Southgate

12 July, 2018

"It's quite odd for me to witness all the hype and the crowds and how excited they are because that's what it must have been (like) in Italia 90 when we got to the semis", he explained. "It was important he tried to reconnect with the fans and he certainly has done that".

In contrast to two years ago, England now have a system of play they are comfortable and familiar with, a team spirit that seems natural rather than forced, and a level of self-belief that has been nurtured rather than merely expressed in slogans.

It will, of course, take a lot more than mastering the Lotus Position to help the Three Lions get the better of Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday night.

"Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity and I think sport has the power to do that and football in particular has the power to do that".

Spurs were giving Alli playing time in an Audi Cup game at Bayern's Allianz Arena, and the young midfielder had only recently arrived from Milton Keynes Dons, but he pulled off a nonchalant nutmeg on Modric, drawing a disgruntled reaction from the former Tottenham hero.

The England boss was amused at the prospect of fans both in Russian Federation and back at home observing Waistcoat Wednesday in tribute to the man who has guided the nation to within perhaps just 90 minutes of a first final since 1966. So we can feel the support from home. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".

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We challenged Matt Le Tissier to provide a five-point plan for how England can beat Croatia and reach the World Cup final.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week.

First win on penalties in the World Cup. "Come on England - it's coming home!"

"It's nice to hear people enjoying it again, anyway".

The group of players getting ready to face Croatia on Wednesday in the World Cup semi-finals may play, sound and look a completely different team to the one which left France in shame.

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