Southgate hits back at claim England squad are 'spoilt'

Neymar and Brazil face Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday. Carlos Garcia Rawlins  Reuters

Either Croatia or hosts Russian Federation now await England after goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were enough to defeat Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

"I'm so, so proud of what all of the players and all of the staff have done because we've got to this point because the collective has been so strong". No less than three England players were named in an XI devised of those who had surprised La Gazzetta dello Sport in this tournament, Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier those who made the cut.

'A high percentage of goals in knockout games come from set-plays and we have worked hard on them. Like an adolescent boy copping his first formative snog, we're not sure if it's meant to feel like this, but bloody hell does it feel good.

The Swedes have plenty of time for a nap before they take on England at 1700 local time (1400 GMT), with hosts Russian Federation facing Croatia later in the evening in Sochi. Even Daniel Baddiel, one of the comedians who helped create the song, has joined in the fun to celebrate England's advancing team.

Southgate heralded the Everton stopper's man of the match display, highlighting him as integral to the brand of football he wants England to play. "I just want to be my best". I think that they aren't ready to make history at the moment.

Despite the euphoria, the paper found fault with England's victory.

Before today's game, #GarethSouthgateWould had been doing the rounds on the social media site.

"Maguire has been a giant in both boxes right throughout the tournament", Southgate said.

"I think the players will like the fact that they're still recognising there's still a long way for them to go, that they're still a long way away from their peak". I mean, Italy is not playing this World Cup and a lot of Italians have chosen England as their favourite.

England overcame Colombia on penalties in the round of 16 and Gerrard, who played on the 2006 squad that lost to Portugal on spot kicks said he's been impressed with the current team's mentality.



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