Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Dele Alli eager to take on Croatia's Modric

Dele Alli eager to take on Croatia's Modric

Gareth Southgate believes his England team winning the World Cup might be greeted with even greater fanfare than Sir Alf Ramsey's heroes enjoyed when they lifted the trophy in 1966.

With 30 minutes to go in this game I think England will run away with it and win comfortably. Ernst Happel of Austria led the Netherlands to the 1978 final, where it lost in extra time to Argentina.

In Wednesday's second semi-final, Croatia, who have survived two penalty shootouts to progress to the final four, play England, winners in 1966, again at home.

"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won".

After years of lamenting the behavior of its traveling fans, maybe now it is time for England to take more of an inward look.

"Obviously we work on them in attack and defense, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.

"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament".

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But the Tottenham Hotspur player, who grew up in Portugal and answered questions from Brazilian media in fluent Portuguese, says that a great part of the team spirit has been the commitment and approach of all players, regardless of their place on the team sheet.

"They've been through a lot. Thank you for coming on our ride with us".

"It was a brilliant tournament, fantastic memories of the whole tournament, I remember videoing every game to watch back".

"Hendo was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change. Now, having had the baby, I've really felt a massive weight off my shoulders".

And he was a special guest on Sunday's edition of the Lions' Den, when he saw more clips of the scenes across the country following Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sweden.

"Personally I don't think I played as well as I should have, but the team were resilient, defended well and dominated the game". That's the only word I can describe it because we're all a family.

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.

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