Young Players Who Could Help England Win World Cup 2022

Young Players Who Could Help England Win World Cup 2022

The 2-1 extra-time victory puts the country in their first World Cup final, less than 30 years since they started competing as an independent nation.

Southgate said England's players have shown they can compete against players "from around Europe and the world, and they have proved that on a world stage at different age groups".

'I coached Al Ain, the Real Madrid of Asia, and we got to the final of the Asian Champions League. Southgate preferred to focus on the positives.

"I think they're physically in a very good place".

The way English supporters have embraced this team and their exploits in the last month has been nearly unprecedented, and with the vast majority of the squad still in their early to mid-twenties, there may be plenty more for their fans to enthuse about in the next few years.

Croatia's coach back in 1998, Miroslav "Ciro" Blazevic, and current coach Zlatko Dalic have a strong relationship that goes back a long way. We can't be critical of what they've done, they were absolutely superb'.

It tends to be a high-scoring fixture with each of the last four winners scoring three goals - Turkey in 2002, Germany in 2006 and 2010 and Netherlands in 2014.

"But there were some incredible individual performances for us". But equally we know, we are under no illusions, about where we sit in the world standings.

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But his government spokesman has warned that it would be wrong to attempt to score political points on the back of football . The biggest fanzone is in Paris , where 90,000 fans are expected to gather near the Eiffel Tower to watch the match.

Both teams are in their second third-place match, Belgium having lost to France in 1986 and England to Italy four years later. The future can be very good.

"I know there's a lot of work and we strive to reach the level of the top five or six teams in the world but we are beating others around us and we are improving".

"I couldn't ask any more of any of my players today or right through the seven weeks we have worked together". Just because this is a huge game we should not change anything. "He (Kane) has captained the team exceptionally well, he has led the culture we are trying to create".

"And that allows us now to go back and to identify exactly what we need to do".

He added: "I thought Stones was absolutely outstanding and (goalkeeper Jordan) Pickford has had a wonderful tournament".

Southgate spoke eloquently in a post-match press conference that he rounded off by thanking the tournament organisers, volunteers, English media and the Russian hosts.

He said: "It's important that we now make sure that this World Cup isn't a one-off, that it isn't a false dawn".

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