England can win Cup: 1966 hat-trick hero

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The win, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, secured England's place at the finals in South Africa with five qualifying matches still to play. "Maybe that's because they are quite young and have their careers still in front of them". They turned in their best team performance at this World Cup in the quarters, and there was loads to enjoy right across the park.

Kyle Walker believes this may be England's best ever opportunity to reach another World Cup final. We've shown belief and I think that's what is going to get us over the line in this game'.

"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won", the England manager said.

Dalic blamed Croatia's opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match against England in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium tomorrow. "All my mates think it's amusing, but I have had a few people messaging me about it - someone even called me scum", he told a local newspaper.

You don't need to play like Brazil or other teams who have a different football heritage and approach to the game.

I can definitely see similarities with this England team, and the connection they have made with your public, and not just because they are a similar age.

"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".

"Every one of them has got to be a captain on the field". Winning teams are consistent teams in terms of lineups and I don't think the boys will have been tested too much physically by Sweden. They've lined up in freaky formations to confuse their markers - like against Colombia in the round of 16 where four players stood in a row before splintering off.

Gareth Southgate's men were not high on the list of pre-tournament favourites but knockout victories over Colombia and Sweden have left them one win from a first final appearance since 1966.

I want England to have that feeling of staying grounded - until you have hold of the trophy. On a two-way play (winner including extra time), England is -165 and Croatia is +142.

In the next eight years, we reached three more semi-finals at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 - and of course became world champions in 2014.

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