Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

It correctly predicted draws in regulation for Spain-Russia (+280), Croatia-Denmark (+225) and England-Colombia (+215) and was all over France beating Uruguay in regulation to reach the semifinals, not to mention Brazil and Belgium cruising in their Round of 16 matchups.

You need to have a special group to be able to create a successful side at this level, but the challenge will never stop for England, whether or not you do win this World Cup.

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday.

When I took over as Germany boss in 2004, after we had failed at that summer's European Championship, I began by trying to give our national team an identity, and a clear way of playing. "How they're still held and revered".

Former England boss Sir Alf Ramsey's name lives on at England's St George's Park HQ (Mike Egerton/PA).

I just hope you keep that positivity and focus in Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia, and beyond.

"I don't know what you're saying in the dressing room to the players, but whatever you're saying, it's working".


Gareth Southgate admits he has got carried away (Owen Humphreys/PA). Gareth Southgate sets the tone very well with the team and in interviews - they don't get too high when it's going well or too low when it isn't. That's the only word I can describe it because we're all a family.

While Kane should be one to fear for Croatia, with the England captain leading the scoring charts at this World Cup with six goals, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has instead identified Raheem Sterling as England's danger man.

It's been over 600 days since Gareth Southgate took charge of his first England game.

Winning the World Cup for the first time in 52 years has now transformed from fantasy into a distinct possibility, and Southgate thinks the rise of social media would only amplify the reaction if his England were to upset the odds and make it all the way. They'll be raring to get out there and win again.

"I was still living in Crawley, at my parents', I was a young pro at Palace". It's less of a basketball game than the Premier League where the ball goes back and forth up the pitch.

"It was a brilliant tournament, fantastic memories of the whole tournament, I remember videoing every game to watch back. Maybe that's because they are quite young and have their careers still in front of them". "More the other night coming into Saturday. In celebration, we've put one of the nation's favourite dishes, fish and chips, on offer for just £1". Hendo (Jordan Henderson) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change.

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