Jamie Vardy sends Gareth Southgate update ahead of World Cup semi-final

British Airways pilot Neil Rowe poses with fans at the England Sweden quarter-final match in Samara

Young set up England's first goal in the 2-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden with a driven corner from the left wing that was headed in by Harry Maguire.

"I think it's the best opportunity that England's ever had (since 1966), and probably might ever have because no disrespect to Croatia but the other side of the group was a lot more hard". We have to just adapt ourselves to their game plan but also they have to worry about us.

"Probably one big difference is that we had four genuine world-class players in Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves (who did not play in the final)".

"Every one of them has got to be a captain on the field".

And if we chuck in some kind of analogy about Southgate tube station once being under-appreciated and considered ugly, but now being thought of as one of the finest and sexiest tube stations on the map - then SURELY that's enough.

"We have kept things the same throughout the whole tournament, keep going in the same way and we will do also leading up to Wednesday", he said.

"The goal going in against Colombia and us digging ourselves out and stepping up for the penalties and the five penalty-takers taking them, full credit to them". However, Gareth Southgate, the team's forward-thinking coach, made a decision to switch formation to a 3-5-2 past year in an effort to give more security to his defense, enable his midfielders to have more possession, and to get more support for star striker Harry Kane.

"I said at the start of this that over this summer, this is our family".

"I think you can see that in the way that we play, the way that we fight for each other".

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.

"It's coming home" is the chant heard round the world from England supporters.

The Football Association of Wales replied: "We're still Welsh, are you?"

Kieran Trippier says the support and reaction from fans to England's World Cup campaign at home and in Russian Federation continues to inspire the Three Lions squad.

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!".

The Manchester City man hailed England's campaign in Russian Federation as "a pleasure".



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