England World Cup fever mounts

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While the Three Lions as a collective have been fantastic in Russian Federation under Gareth Southgate so far, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has arguably not shown his best form at the World Cup, and it's something that hasn't gone unnoticed by the player himself.

The 28-year-old has been a revelation for his country as a midfield pivot in Gareth Southgate's 3-5-2 set-up, playing four out of England's five tournament matches so far over in Russian Federation.

First win on penalties in the World Cup.

Southgate praised his players for their diligence and commitment ahead of a game that he believes his players approach as well prepared as possible.

"At the beginning we were 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".

The England boss was amused at the prospect of fans both in Russian Federation and back at home observing Waistcoat Wednesday in tribute to the man who has guided the nation to within perhaps just 90 minutes of a first final since 1966.

"We want people to celebrate.but not at the expense of law-abiding fans and emergency services' resources", he said.

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".

At that time, now England manager Gareth Southgate was plotting his way up the ranks at Crystal Palace - he made his league debut the following season.

Southgate's mantra of "playing with freedom" certainly appears to have been drawn from that bitter experience where England looked frozen by fear.

"They are all pampered, they're all headphones and you can't get anything out of them", said former player turned analyst Chris Waddle. "It has felt like a good holiday we have been on and we are enjoying every moment of it".

On the note of TVs, whilst we're now used to HD, Ultra-HD and 4K, back in 1990 things were very different.

Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.

"We've got to believe, definitely", he added.

"We're just really happy".

This will subsequently leave Belgium to defeat England in the final meaning football will not be "coming home" this summer, (according to the model)!

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