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Southgate in no mood to change England's winning formula

Southgate in no mood to change England's winning formula

"Yes, they are valuable, but I do not think about them, I'm just focused on bringing a medal home, so we will see". Brazil had so many shots in the end, and you don't want France having that many.

For all of the hype around England, they have yet to come up against one of the really big guns at the World Cup.

England, who made an early impression with a 6-1 crushing of Panama in the group stage, then overcame their shootout hoodoo in beating Colombia in the last 16 and looked composed and mature in the 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Sweden.

Jordan Henderson, who has been pivotal to England's progress in his defensive midfield role so far, admits that Modric is a crucial player who must be stopped. So it is really hard to predict, it's a weird one.

"It has a slightly different feel for me but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

Croatia survived two penalty shootouts against Denmark and host Russian Federation to reach the semifinals, the first time it has been at this stage since the famous team of 1998 finished third in France. "I'm certain our team will play well and I have complete trust they'll go and play in the way they have throughout this tournament". They also have flaws that we will try to exploit them and it will be a long 120 or 90 minutes.

Is it a case of holding on?

In terms of the team selection, don't fix something that isn't breaking. Something has to change and, next to me, Claude Makélélé knows it too.

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Stanislav Cherchesov feels that messages from the Russian President are acting as a mode of extra motivation for the Russian team. We've succeeded but I believe we can make further steps forward. "Our prime minister (Dmitry Medvedev) was in our changing room".

"We were not certain what this team might be capable of", Southgate admitted to ITV, mindful of England's many recent failures.

England are on the verge of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966 and Three Lions fans are dreaming of their team lifting the famous trophy come Sunday.

"At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term".

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

"We've got a core group of young players in this squad that we believe can take us forward and there are obviously others coming through our age group teams with good experiences who have belief that they can win". But it's nobody's fault.

Vida has quietly been one of the standout performers at this World Cup, and Croatia will be relieved he avoided a suspension for a rather ill-advised video published online after the win over Russian Federation.

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarising debate in England with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.


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