France beware: There's more to Croatia than just Luka Modric

Mae Harvey
July 14, 2018

England must quickly pick up the pieces ahead of a tricky third-place match against Belgium, who ran through favourites Brazil in the quarterfinals before being stopped in their tracks by France in the semis.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Southgate said: "We have to decide who can go again physically".

England's players had been criticized for their recent tournament showings after a group stage exit in the last World Cup and being knocked out of Euro 2016 by tiny Iceland.

@JesseLingard: To see scenes we've witnessed over the past month means everything to us as players and staff.

Writing Croatia's name in the history books: "We'll be in the history books for being, along with Uruguay, the smallest country to play in the final".

Southgate and his players have been hailed back home after reaching the last four for the first time since 1990, and for bringing together a nation bitterly divided over Brexit.

"There have been some exceptional individual performances and we are very proud that Harry Kane is the top scorer", said Southgate.

"Every time we wear the shirt of our national team we want to play with pride, we want to play well and we want to win". We have set a standard of how we work and how we play and we want to aspire to that level every time we go out.

"I think in the first half we were really good and maybe we could have got another goal", Southgate told ITV. "And Belgium have beaten us once already so we'd like to address that".

"We will have to play our best match against France, our desire is big and so is theirs".

"He still sprints in the 115th minute, he tracks back, he leads the team, he is the man of the tournament", added the coach. We've one or two injuries, one or two with a little bit of illness, so we just have to see.

"Of course it's going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

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"We've prepared everything to win the game even if its extra time or penalties". "It's the same as if you're at a big club".

"I'm not trying to say these feelings are superior to the ones the French have for France or Russians have for Russia".

Asked about his in-game chatter with VIP guests, Infantino said: "When we are here we don't speak about politics, we speak about football". "We were 20 minutes from a World Cup Final and then ten minutes from a shootout".

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