Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

  • Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

John Stones has been England's third-biggest attacking threat at this World Cup, being on the end of 1.45 xG, and scoring twice from the chances he has had.

"The dressing room is a hard place at the moment", Southgate said.

A packed stadium provided an intense World Cup atmosphere for the game, after thousands of England and Croatia fans had flown into the Russian capital. We can at least defend two crosses. "If we win I really want to be there, but I just can't afford the prices being quoted". "We restored some pride back into the shirt, which was an important thing for us to do".

Gifted a relatively soft draw by the early exit of a number of traditional World Cup superpowers, England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996, when Southgate was part of the team. It will be a really hard task to assess everybody over the next 24 hours and get them mentally back to where we want them to be for a game like that, but that will be the challenge.

"They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me!" But when you get to this point and play as well as we did in the first half, you want to take those opportunities in life.

History in Turin had its echo in Moscow on Wednesday, and England's scorer 28 years ago, Gary Lineker, was at the Luzhniki Stadium to see it.

"It's hard to put that into context now, and a bit too soon". I think my wife would throw me out if I spent that much. It's clear to everybody the progress that's been made in terms of the level of performance and togetherness of the group.

The England boss was also asked if the team's leading scorer Harry Kane had exhausted as the tournament progressed and was perhaps missing his cutting edge in the semifinals.

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

"I'd need to look back again at it. We wanted to win it all", Kane said. "We will be back stronger".

"Then they asked me if I was OK".