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Kyle Walker Says Southgate Created Close Family Feel

Kyle Walker has spoken of the close family feel within the England team, created by Gareth Southgate ahead of their World Cup semi final with Croatia tomorrow night. Southgate has managed to rejuvenate the national team, creating quite a buzz for the nation having secured their highest ever finish at a World Cup Finals since 1990, where they eventually finished in fourth. With a cool head, the 47-year-old has stood by some bold decisions he has made, his emotional intelligence a symbol of a modern, outward-looking man. This is the…

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Henderson And Vardy Return To Training

England have landed a major boost as Jordan Henderson and Jamie Vardy returned to training in Repino on Monday mornin,g ahead of their semi-final clash with Croatia on Wednesday for a place in Sunday’s final. As the squad of 23 players put in their final preparations before they make their way to Moscow for the biggest night in English football for over 20-years, Gareth Southgate and his team emerged all smiles. There had been concerns regarding Henderson, who has been instrumental both on and off the pitch in Russia, after…

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Just The Start For The Young England Team

As England head to the final eight of the 2018 World Cup, where they face Sweden, Gareth Southgate has spoke of how once he juggles injuries, he hopes coming this far is just the start for his young team. Before Tuesday’s penalty shoot out that sealed their win over Columbia, the England team had a terrible record, having had three defeats at World Cup level and six defeats in seven shootouts in major tournaments in 1990, 1998 and 2006. Their win rate of 14% was the worst of any national…

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Southgate Hits Back At Pekerman Accusations

England manager Gareth Southgate has hit back after Colombia manager Jose Pekerman accused England players of diving during their World Cup last-16 clash on Tuesday night in Moscow, which saw England progress to the quarter-finals after winning a penalty shootout. It looked like England were through after Harry Kane clipped a spot-kick right down the middle from 12 yards to give England the lead just before the hour mark. The Three Lions successfully maintained the lead right up until the 3rd minute of stoppage time, when Yerry Mina scored with…

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Salah Becomes Liverpool’s Highest Paid Player

Mohamed Salah has become Liverpool’s highest paid player in the club’s history after signing a new £200,000-a-week deal. The Egypt international’s new contract will see him stay at Anfield until 2023, with a 100% increase on his previous deal signed last summer after joining the Reds from Roma for £34million. Since his campaign began he has scored a remarkable 44 goals in just 52 appearances and was awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year. The 26-year-old also earned the African…

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Southgate Accepts Criticism But Stands By Decision As England Suffer First Defeat

Gareth Southgate is willing to take any criticism and stands by his decision to make eight changes for England’s World Cup match with Belgium, in which they lost 2-0 on Thursday night. Southgate had said he wanted to give his players a chance to prove themselves and therefore gave all his outfield players time on the pitch ahead of the knockout stage, which he described as their “biggest game for a decade.” Knowing it was certainly not a disaster to finish as runners-up in Group G, Southgate decided to rest…

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Southgate Calls For His Men To Grab Chance In World Cup Group G Decider

Gareth Southgate has called for his men to grab their chance in tonight’s World Cup Group G decider with Belgium in Kaliningrad. With a place in the last 16 already secured, the Three Lions boss is set to make a number of changes to the side who thumped Panama 6-1 during Sunday’s match. Belgium are ranked third in the Fifa rankings, whilst England are ranked 12th and to date have never beaten a team ranked higher than them at a World Cup, since they beat third ranked Argentina in Sapporo…

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Diego Maradona Says He’s Fine After BingIng On Wine During Argentina Match

Fifa ambassador and Argentina legend Diego Maradona has said he was ‘fine’ after being seen by a doctor during Argentina’s World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday evening. The 57-year-old was watching their must win Group D match from a Directors box at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, where he was observed to be animated and at one point appeared to be asleep. Just after the final whistle, footage circulated on Twitter showing Maradona being carried back into his VIP box, before rumours suggested he had suffered a heart attack. This…

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Kane Scores Hat-trick To Become England’s Top Goal Scorer

Harry Kane has become England’s top goal scorer after scoring a hat-trick during Sunday’s 6-1 victory over Panama. Kane’s first goal was from the spot in the 22nd minute. He converted again in the 45+1 minute,  hammering his effort into the top corner. His third goal was in the 62nd minute after Loftus-Cheek’s strike from the edge of the box hit his heel and he wrong foots Penedo to find the net. The referee went to the VAR to check for offside, but the forward was just on to notch…

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Gareth Southgate Becomes First World Cup Casualty

England boss Gareth Southgate has become the first casualty of England’s World Cup campaign, suffering a dislocated shoulder whilst out running at the team’s base on the Gulf of Finland on Wednesday. After scheduling in a day off from training for his squad, Southgate, who has kept himself in great shape since retiring from playing football, decided to go out for a run near their base on Repino, but tripped and tried to break the fall with his arm. The former Middlesbrough manager was running alone and had to call…

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