Southgate acknowledges England players are in a different era

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

This hasn't come about by fluke.

Discover the story behind England's oldest player at the World Cup, Ashley Young, from those that know him best.

"I turned my phone off for three hours before the game because I needed an hour's sleep and I just felt now it's no more messages it's just focus, it's about the team and us as a group". So famous were his crosses that a movie, "Bend It Like Beckham", was spun off it in 2002.

Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, celebrating every England goal.

I can definitely see similarities with this England team, and the connection they have made with your public, and not just because they are a similar age.

Southgate has manfully steered around the ship and Walker does not think the manager "gets as much credit as he deserves" for his work in bringing this group together.

Another side-effect was the necessity for wing backs, and who better than the energetic Young and Trippier?

Enjoy this moment, let the lads go out there and play without pressure.


"They play very direct football, dangerous, fast and they are really good at set pieces, and dangerous at corner kicks". Southgate also recruited Allan Russell, the team's attack coach, who has keenly studied set-play moves in American Football and the National Basketball Association.

Croatia will likely move Vedran Corluka into central defence and Domagoj Vida out to right back to cover the injury, which could possibly be a weakness for England to exploit. They've used decoy runners.

The England players will not panic, they have proved that.

It helps having big, tall players like Maguire and Stones to get on the end of the crosses. "Maybe that's because they are quite young and have their careers still in front of them".

That tournament ended in despair for the defender after missing the crucial penalty in the shootout, so perhaps it is little wonder that the level-headed manager and "bloody proud" Englishman has got lost in some of the celebrations in Russian Federation.

"The goal going in against Colombia and us digging ourselves out and stepping up for the penalties and the five penalty-takers taking them, full credit to them". "It" refers to the World Cup trophy, and "home" refers to England. The over-under for total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is two.

Expect them to exploit it in Moscow on Wednesday.

Southgate's England side will play Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening, where England captain Harry Kane will be hoping to get on the score sheet as he pursues the coveted Golden Boot award.

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