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Gareth Southgate

Ask anyone rooting for England in the World Cup, and they'll tell you, "It's coming home".

England manager Gareth Southgate says he is not about to change his team's approach for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Croatia, saying he wants the "same again" from his young side.

Fears of violence and racism ahead of the World Cup, bolstered by memories of clashes between England and Russian Federation fans Marseille during the European Championship in France in 2016, may have put supporters off travel to Russian Federation for the tournament.

"In the first period of extra-time, I felt real fatigue in my knee".

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".

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He said: "I didn't feel nervous or anything like that".

While Croatia possess arguably the best central midfield pairing in the tournament in the shape of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Southgate's language does not indicate he is about to bring in Eric Dier as an additional defensive midfielder alongside Jordan Henderson.

Maybe that's why this squad seems unburdened by the weight of history or perhaps it was the complete lack of expectation of them going into the tournament - how else can you explain an England team that have come through a penalty shoot-out scare? I helped the side like I always do and won the ball back as much as I could.

Alli also revealed he'd had a positive chat with manager Southgate, who told him to focus on the positives.

"In big matches you have to be yourself or a bit better".

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Unsurprisingly, the mood in the England camp is positive but one thing Southgate has instilled in his players is a willingness to confront negative moments and learn from them.

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

"Straight after that game you want the floor to eat you up".

"Come here, and we'll watch it together".

One incredible fan who donned a headscarf bearing her team's colours went viral on social media after being snapped cheering her boys home.

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They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final, I'm very satisfied". We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

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