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

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After England gave up a tying goal to Brazil in first-half stoppage time in the 2002 Soccer World Cup quarter-finals, Southgate felt coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lacked inspirational oratory in the locker room at half-time.

Scholes while speaking with BeIN Sports said, Gareth Southgate's pattern of play in the World Cup is the same with the Tiki-Taka which Guardiola is known for while in Barcelona.

World Cup fever is sweeping the nation - and Danny McLaughlin has found himself at the centre of attention thanks to his incredible resemblance to star player Harry Kane.

The strategy takes into account 200,000 statistical models, data on individual players and team performance and ran one million simulations before making its judgement. At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.

But the odds on Southgate receiving a knighthood are sure to shorten further if England reach the World Cup final.

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Meanwhile, West Midlands police said it took the most ever 999 calls in its history, logging 3,276 in 24 hours owing to "a mix of the sun, World Cup, and alcohol".

England manager Gareth Southgate has opted to keep a small personal guest-list for his side's World Cup semi-final against Croatia after deciding "big matches are a bit like weddings".

"I think they've done the country proud".

Southgate laughed as he regaled the story, with his relaxed demeanour slightly surprising ahead of the biggest match of his managerial career. "Croatia deserve respect, they've got some wonderful players".

"They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks".

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"It was a brilliant tournament, fantastic memories of the whole tournament, I remember videoing every game to watch back".

"They've been through a lot", Southgate added.

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".

Raheem Sterling shrugged off the latest criticism aimed at the Manchester City forward to capture the feeling in the England camp and back home. "So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".

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