England's set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup

  • England's set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup

England's set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup

Gareth Southgate believes England could get an even bigger and crazier reception for winning the World Cup than the heroes of 1966.

The 33-year-old missed out on the previous tournaments in South Africa and Brazil but has proven his worth as one of Gareth Southgate's trusted leaders in the squad this summer in Russian Federation.

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Southgate's men meet Croatia in the semi-finals on Thursday morning (Singapore time) after ending a 28-year wait to reach the last four.

To even be at this stage is a remarkable change in fortunes given it is just two years since the Euro Championship humbling by Iceland - a galling loss compounded by Sam Allardyce's ignominious exit after 67 days.

"It's special", Walker told IRN. That's the only word I can describe it because we're all a family.

"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all", he said. But this is our family now.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week. We have completed it.

"But the way the tournament's been going so far, whoever we come up against we feel confident we're going to win and we have to be like that if we're going to get into the final".

"Thank you for coming on our ride with us".

Harry Kane has insisted that England's ambitions will not be satisfied by a first appearance in a World Cup semi-final for 28 years and that "finishing the job" is the target in Russian Federation.

In the minutes and hours that followed the triumph, joyous fans took to the streets in England to party, in anticipation of England's first trip to a World Cup semifinal since 1990.

"I think Belgium have a great chance of beating them".

Sister paper the Sun on Sunday - formerly the News of the World - had demanded people don't go to work on Wednesday with a headline "Cancel Wednesday!".

Raheem Sterling shrugged off the latest criticism aimed at the Manchester City forward to capture the feeling in the England camp and back home.

"Raz, he's a nightmare for us defenders", Walker added. I don't think so.

"He's quick, he's dynamic and hopefully the goals are going to come now in these two last important games".