Englands Southgate cites Germany blueprint as model for success

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"It's going to be very hard but I'm sure we'll find all the energy and the motivation we need".

The hype, passion, and love for this England side has even led to calls for a parade once they're home, something of a send-off for a brilliant summer.

63 - distance in kilometres covered by Luka Modric during Croatia's six games leading to the final, the most of any player. "So, we'll try and get the team that is best able to do the job".

"But we do it for ourselves as well".

This year saw England's first semi-final appearance in a senior men's World Cup in 28 years and the class of 2018 now have a chance to eclipse the 1990 group if they can beat Belgium and clinch third place.

"Maybe England or the English media did not show enough respect to the Croatian national team, which we deserved, especially when you look at the clubs our players play for".

"But when you get close to success it drives you more, because you can see things are possible". But I think we are better.

But while Southgate will assess the fitness levels of his players, he does not want to deviate too far from what has become a settled line-up.

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The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor won their semi-final 6-2, 6-4 in just 70 minutes to reach her 10th Wimbledon singles final. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve.


He said: "If we want to play for England we have to deal with expectation".

They all took to Twitter to express their views.

But wins against Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage allowed Russian Federation to reach the World Cup knockout stage for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Everyone wants to play but sometimes it is not a good decision to play someone if their energy is not quite there.

It was a tough loss for England but still a game well played.

"But when you've got to this point, and we've played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life".

The same goes for the other wing, with Ivan Strinic equally attack-minded and his replacement late in the game, Josip Pivaric, doing as he was told, crossing into the box from the left to give Mario Mandzukic the chance to score the victor and send his team into the final. "We represent the whole country", he said.

"We all feel the pain of the defeat". We've one or two injuries, one or two with a little bit of illness, so we just have to see.

In recent months, Infantino has supported calls to add 16 more teams to the 2022 tournament - a plan likely to make Qatar share hosting duties because it is building only eight stadiums.

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