Pressure on Belgium's golden generation, England can outlast Croatia

Pressure on Belgium's golden generation, England can outlast Croatia

Pressure on Belgium's golden generation, England can outlast Croatia

Gareth Southgate's side were to emerge victorious on Saturday, with Harry Maguire and Dele Alli getting the goals in a 2-0 win.

For the first since 1990 and third time in World Cup history, England have booked their place in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side have been cut into 11/4 from 10/3 ahead of their semi-final appearance, which will be against either Russian Federation or Croatia. This time we played a team that might go all the way, England look very good. "We played an opponent who has a clear identity and their collectiveness has been too much for us at times in the past".

"We even prepared for it, but unfortunately we got caught in one of them. We are an emerging side, an evolving side: a long way from flawless", said England coach Gareth Southgate.

"We are better than this England".

'I think Roy took a lot of criticism for that, but he was fearless enough to put a lot of these young players in - and without that experience, we wouldn't have had a day like today because they've learned from that.

"We're enjoying it, the fans are enjoying it, I'm sure we'll see some videos later of the fans enjoying it".

Nothing has been left to chance by Gareth Southgate, who was so scarred by his Euro 96 penalty miss that he made his players and goalkeepers work on their own spot-kick routines since March.

The more global tournaments these players played at, the worse it seemed to get.

On Wednesday England will meet Croatia in the semi-final.

Got over that nonsense years ago. The Sunday Express said a quietly confident nation has started to believe that football could really be "coming home", as England's 1996 soccer anthem goes.

"I'm proud to make ex-players proud and I'm sure it's bringing back memories for them and for Gary, when he was in the semi-final".

"This team, with every performance I've seen in this tournament, it has been controlled and composed".

Now they are a main threat and a useful weapon and with no small thanks to Allan Russell, who is the man in charge of their set pieces.

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