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Gareth Southgate defends Raheem Sterling ahead of England's World Cup semi-final

11 July 2018

England has not been as far as the semi-finals since they last hosted the tournament in 1966.

"I think it would be unfair to say we have things that other England teams I played in didn't have", he added.

The investment-banking giant changed its prediction after Belgium defeated Brazil in the quarter finals.

The charismatic 49-year-old - who is in Russian Federation as a TV pundit for English broadcaster ITV - told The Daily Mail Modric and fellow superstar Ivan Rakitic will pose problems for England in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday they have not had to encounter thus far. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

Two days before the World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia, the Tottenham star sat down to talk in a fun candid interview. Even though they needed two penalty shootout wins to get to the semis, you can see that they are a team packed with quality and an enormous will to win.

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"England play a little different than previously, attacking-minded and attractive", he said.

Russian head coach Cherchesov: "We'll do even better at Qatar 2022!"
The Russian national football team will achieve a better result at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar than at the 2018 Mundial. The Croats won in a 4-3 penalty shootout. "We are glad to see you".

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it. We need to go out on a real high, these players deserve that".

Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina.

In retrospect, we should have seen England's victory coming.

A lack of pace at the back against England, one of the quickest teams at the tournament, would be a big problem. Ronaldo played last Monday but did not score.

"We have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do and when you have such a solid foundation, it's not a surprise that it's going well for us".

Alli's career has continued on an upward curve since he left MK Dons, but that has not stopped him bringing some of his pre-match rituals from his League One days to the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate defends Raheem Sterling ahead of England's World Cup semi-final