Tottenham's Dele Alli admits discontent over World Cup form with England

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"And we have to be like that, I think, if we are going to get in the final, so we'll have to perform well and play well."
That said, since big supermarkets have to close by 4pm on a Sunday there's not much stopping the stores from having their own in-house screenings as soon as all the customers have been made to leave.

Southgate has experienced the pressure before as a player after featuring for his country at France '98, and feels this group could surpass the 1966 World Cup-winning team in greatness if they triumph in Russian Federation.

England fans are being urged to dig out their old waistcoats for the World Cup semi-final on "Waistcoat Wednesday" in honour of newly-appointed national treasure Gareth Southgate. But then MK Dons did not win.

Finally, fully dressed, he will say the same prayer he always does ahead of a game. "That in future we talk about them", said Blažević, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches". They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience.

"So we feared the worst in a penalty shootout against Denmark".

Squares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, drivers blaring their horns, people hugging and singing - scenes reminiscent of 1998 are all around as the country of around four million people lives and breathes football.

"They are two great players, everyone knows that.

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We want to get close to them, although it is hard to repeat this endeavour, but we will try", the 51-year-old told reporters.

So, if the Moscow semi-final promises to be the most glamorous occasion of Alli's career, then what was the least?

The moment was indicative of the warm welcome England have received in Russian Federation at their training base near St. Petersburg as well as in the four host cities they've played in so far.

On Wednesday, his team has a chance to write a new page in Croatia's football history. In 1998, we had it with Zvonimir Boban, a huge name, a huge person so you need to have these guys. "I wasn't going to give him mine - I just wanted his".

"You want to hide and not come out of your room".

It is not as if Croatia are short of other talented midfielders, either.