Gareth Southgate has ‘racehorse trainer’s eye’ for England injuries

David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2013

David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2013

Southgate's men meet Croatia in the semi-finals on Thursday morning (Singapore time) after ending a 28-year wait to reach the last four.

Fans have demanded that Marks and Spencer reduce the price to a symbolic £19 and 66 pence - representing the one previous year when England won the World Cup.

Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their global careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.

Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, celebrating every England goal. That seems to be quite evident, with what he says, how the team are celebrating with each other - we're not seeing any bad stories. "How they're still held and revered", he added.

"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said.

"Our camaraderie was excellent", he said. Those players selected for media duty have entered the room with a smile on their faces and they have played darts or enjoyed the bowling alley. "Gareth is doing exactly the same".

The company said it was "aware" of the incident and congratulated England on its win.

I have a picture of a group of young footballers, resplendent in slightly baggy Crystal Palace club suits, smiling for the cameras just before they leave for a youth team trip to Portugal.

"That's why we took the decision we did against Belgium (to rest players) more than anything".

"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".

Recommended News

  • Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

    Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

    If McCain were to miss the vote, only one GOP defection would be needed to block the nomination if all Democrats were opposed. Judge Kavanaugh is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and has excellent conservative credentials.
    Ten dead, 73 injured after passenger train derails in Turkey

    Ten dead, 73 injured after passenger train derails in Turkey

    More than 100 ambulances were sent to the site of the accident, TRT Haber said, citing Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus. An injured woman appeals for help at the crash site in Tekirdag province, with the overturned train visible in the background.
    Who will Trump nominate to Supreme Court? Time, how to watch, livestream

    Who will Trump nominate to Supreme Court? Time, how to watch, livestream

    Top contenders have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh , Raymond Kethledge , Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman . Any Senator who is serious about protecting the environment and fighting climate change must vote against confirmation.
  • Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

    Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

    Unfortunate though the start was for Hamilton, he showed his mettle and proved just how much he wants this fifth crown. In the aftermath of the British GP, Hamilton also gave his take on the issue.
    Suspected Israeli airstrike hits central air base

    Suspected Israeli airstrike hits central air base

    On 9 April, missiles targeted the T4 air base, killing as many as 14 fighters, including seven Iranians. Syrian opposition forces told the outlet that the air strikes on the base left nine dead.
    England fans tricked into singing 'Tiocfaidh Ár Lá' instead of 'Three Lions'

    England fans tricked into singing 'Tiocfaidh Ár Lá' instead of 'Three Lions'

    On the albums chart British synth pop group Years & Years are on course to debut at number one with sophomore release Palo Santo. The Official Charts Company Midweek Sales Flash is in, and it seems football may really be coming home in the singles chart.
  • 'IHOB' Changes Back to 'IHOP,' Offers Pancakes to Customers

    'IHOB' Changes Back to 'IHOP,' Offers Pancakes to Customers

    Look at us, two silly pancakes talkin' about burgers", they explained of their nearly-one-month marketing stunt. Following the IHOb name change, that figure increased to 30%, the highest score since late 2012.
    Icardi One Of Six Who Could Replace Ronaldo At Real Madrid

    Icardi One Of Six Who Could Replace Ronaldo At Real Madrid

    With Ronaldo's exit all but confirmed a new attacking talisman will need to be found swiftly by club president Florentino Perez. Ronaldo has scored 450 goals for Real in 438 matches across all competitions, while he has set up a further 131 strikes.
    Former Arizona senator to shepherd Supreme Court nominee through confirmation process

    Former Arizona senator to shepherd Supreme Court nominee through confirmation process

    Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W.
  • Thai basil pork rice is first meal choice for rescued footballers

    Thai basil pork rice is first meal choice for rescued footballers

    The rescue operation began in earnest on Sunday, with an experienced team of divers rescuing four of the 13 people trapped. Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets July 3 video by Thai Navy Seal.
    How have Three Lions reached the semi finals?

    How have Three Lions reached the semi finals?

    When England finish a game I guarantee you that the opponents will be saying 'Wow, he was hard to play against '. Asked if, given the chance, he would look to nutmeg Croatia's star man again, Alli replied: "Hopefully".
    Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

    Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

    Fellow liberal Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month. "The norms of Supreme Court confirmations have been degrading for some time". Support for nomination: Barrett also served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who is beloved by conservatives.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.