Southgate hails 'incredible' character of England players ahead of Belgium tie

14 July, 2018, 05:02 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic

Wednesday's 2-1 victory over England in Moscow sent the Croatians into Sunday's final against France, a third straight knockout match in which they had been forced to play extra time.

The Three Lions were aiming to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 but suffered a 2-1 loss to Croatia, with Mario Mandzukic scoring the victor in extra-time.

Roberto Martinez's side, who were beaten 1-0 by France in the last four, topped Group G ahead of England after an Adnan Januzaj goal settled a low-key encounter in Kaliningrad.

"They see a team that leaves everything on the pitch, which they have, and played with style".

Semi-final against England and presumptuous English media: "We were the better team in the second half and in extra-time".

"Croatia's passage to the World Cup final is a historic result which has made us the focal point of world attention", head of the board Kristjan Stanic said in a statement.

The England team will return to Birmingham Airport following their match against Belgium, and Southgate is planning on returning to work at St George's Park next week before going on holiday. This past month, I've seen videos going around, photos been sent to me.

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The pair put pride on the line with a wager on the outcome of their nations' quarter-final clash in Samara on Saturday. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation , and the center back's first in global soccer.

"We regret that England has failed but this is sports".

"We hope that a new era will start in Russian Federation, that everyone will want to play soccer", Cherchesov said. "We'd like to redress having lost to Belgium once before already, too". "It won't be the same XI but we want to make as few changes as possible".

Croatia, who had also defeated the Germans in the 1998 World Cup quarter-final, scored first thanks to Darijo Srna steered past Jens Lehmann. "There's a culture that exists now that when we come together, we expect every new player to follow".

"We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we've shown to ourselves that can happen".

Number 10 is to discuss the move with the FA after Theresa May heaped praise on England manager Gareth Southgate after the team's thrilling World Cup run. "We want to finish on a high and these players deserve to finish on a high". He never represented his country at global level during a modest career as a defensive midfielder. The players accepted the criticism they received, they took it on board and improved.

"He has created a team in his own image and I think that's important", Matuidi told a press conference on Friday. "It's the same as if you're at a big club".

All 23 players in Southgate's squad trained today at the team's Repino base.

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