Southgate's England shows maturity and smartness in confident win

Gareth Southgate looks up to the stands during warmup before the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow Russia. Gare

Southgate's England shows maturity and smartness in confident win

When it gets to these games, they're not always as honest as they might be about how fit they are.

"Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say 'Grattis!' [congratulations in Swedish] to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals".

Jason said: 'I was having dinner with my mum when a work mate rang me, we were talking about football and he said to me that I would never get that tattooed on my bum in a million years.

Twelve years later the near-39-old David Seaman stood motionless as Ronaldinho's speculative long-range shot floated over him nearly in slow motion as Brazil knocked England out in the quarter-finals.

"But we just want to keep improving as a team of coaches, as a team of staff, a team of players".

England's talismanic captain Kane, with six goals in Russian Federation so far, is the hot favourite to win the Golden Boot, two ahead of Belgium's Romelu Lukaku.

England have the most inexperienced squad left in the tournament and should, in theory, be hitting their peak at the European Championships in 2020 or the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, but Southgate believes it would be a mistake to adopt that thinking.

Another said: "Wow, I don't even care if it's coming home, I love this team".

Among them were brothers Roy and James Ovel, who only made the decision to travel after the penalty shootout win over Colombia, and paid £600 for category one tickets. "Contained them. Then we needed to score, (we) scored first, controlled the game", David Thomson said.

"Nothing fazes me. The pitch is always going to be the same, same lines, same goal height, it's just a game of football".

"First time I've seen them get there".

"President Putin called me before the (last-16) game with the Spanish and after", said Cherchesov, who masterminded a win against Spain on penalties in the last 16. "That's what we set out to do and we done that today".

Everton's Pickford made his England debut seven months ago and had only three caps before the World Cup but Southgate let him know he would be his first-choice.

"I wish them every bit of luck".

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