Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Gareth Southgate gave England staff handwritten notes before World Cup

Gareth Southgate gave England staff handwritten notes before World Cup

The draw at 90 minutes led to a heated extra time period with during which England's Dele Alli and Croatia's Ivan Rakitic almost came to blows.

- Before losing 1-0 to Belgium at this year's World Cup, England had lost just one of the teams' previous 21 meetings (W15 D5).

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

Ultimately we were not good enough to win it, but we can accept that - as a team, they still far exceeded all of our expectations, and I would congratulate them for that. Well, I would sacrifice many things!

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

There's still the small matter of a World Cup final of course, and we feel France are deserving favourites to win Sunday's showpiece.

"I am immensely proud by the way the players have played and we can see by the reaction of the supporters, they felt the same".

What epitomised all of that for me was the way the England fans behaved this week, after arriving in their thousands before the semi-final. Although that would not be a sacrifice hahahaha, but since I cannot do it, I would offer my house to see Croatia world champion!

England fans are the subject of a Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation after claims were made that "possibly discriminatory" chants were sung during the Three Lions' World Cup semi final loss to Croatia.

"I was surprised by England's substitutions", Burley said.

I am very much on Gareth's side in support of a job where you are so exposed so often it's as if you are standing in front of a dartboard, the easiest of targets, when there's a game going on. "I think he has been the player of the tournament regardless of the result on Sunday".

England's valiant effort also drew praise from Britain's Prince William, who said the team's performance gave fans "something to believe in".

Twenty years on, Dalic has led his country to a first World Cup final and has the opportunity to avenge the painful defeat by Les Bleus.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.

"Modric has had a brilliant season with Real Madrid and here, he's still sprinting about the pitch in the 115th minute", said the coach.

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