Gareth Southgate has ‘racehorse trainer’s eye’ for England injuries

Danny Woods
July 10, 2018

In 1998, Croatia, which had emerged from a bitter independence war only three years earlier, made its debut at a World Cup finals.

But with the euphoria of Saturday's win having turned into focus on Wednesday's match with Croatia, Trippier says England will be ready to go again in Moscow. I'm an England fan and I have struggled to comprehend how, from 1990 when we came so close to reaching the final, we have never kicked on from there.

"We had a terrific manager in Alf Ramsey, who had a great system and he selected a team that could be successful and had good characters".

One of the biggest calls Southgate made prior to departing for Russian Federation was to elect Tottenham forward Harry Kane as his captain.

England defender Ashley Young laughed at suggestions the team were bored during their World Cup stay in Russian Federation saying it's all felt "like a good holiday".

It has proved a shrewd move, with Kane not only providing a tournament-leading six goals so far but also impressing Hurst with his leadership qualities.

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England fan Paul Seligson, a 61-year-old teacher, told The Sun he will heed their call to wear a waistcoat although with Britain now in the midsst of a heatwave he could be in for an uncomfortable time.

Just four teams remain, all of them from Europe: Belgium, France, Croatia, and England.

He added: "Hopefully we had a long month together, which we have done".

"Croatia look a very good team, (they have) very good players in (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic, they look a unsafe side. It's not straightforward because we won't see everything, but we'll have a feel from what they're reporting and the way they're running, and then we can try to make the best decisions we can". That's the only word I can describe it because we're all a family.

"I don't think we have succeeded yet - success is hard to define but in my eyes and I think in everyone else's eyes back at the (team) hotel I think this isn't a success yet", Dier told reporters today after the team's training session.

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