Gareth Southgate encourages Premier League bosses to blood young English players

Ruben Hill
July 16, 2018

Southgate added that Russian reporters were also fair on his team throughout the month-long event that concludes with Sunday's final in Moscow between Croatia and France.

Tottenham's Kane has the chance to become just the second England player after Gary Lineker in 1986 to win the Golden Boot, joining luminaries such as Brazil's Ronaldo, Germany's Gerd Mueller and Portugal's Eusebio.

Belgium will be acclaimed at celebrations in Brussels on Sunday with thousands expected to hail the team but they will carry mixed feelings about their achievement at the World Cup.

The Croatians needed penalties to beat Denmark in the round of 16 and Russian Federation in the quarter-finals and extra time to edge England in the last four.

England fans have been told not to turn out to welcome their World Cup heroes home as they arrive back in the United Kingdom from Russian Federation.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku has four goals in Russian Federation, with the French pair of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe both on three.

"Gareth Southgate is an unbelievable manager".

While Trippier was left devastated by the extra-time defeat to Croatia, he was still able to mount an impassioned argument for why English football has rediscovered its heart and soul during 33 unforgettable days in Russian Federation.

Only 12 countries had ever played in a World Cup Final before today. They won that tournament. "In Russia and back home you've been incredible", the post said. It's about the team, and the group of staff and the fans.

But he said: "I don't want to think about myself at the moment, because we are a team".

But a narrow semi-final defeat to France last Tuesday left them crestfallen, even though they admirably picked themselves up to easily beat England 2-0 in taking the bronze medal.

He said:"This team is very special and it starts with the manager, who for me personally has been unbelievable". We will have a better tournament than we have had in the past but we might not win it because of that lack of experience. There are great opportunities for us to develop, to improve, to. look at players.

"It goes to show we're deserved finalists, we want to show the world we play as one and we'll leave everything on the pitch".

Croatia have gone to extra-time in all three of their knockout matches, triumphing on penalties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before edging past England 2-1 in the semi-final.

"One thing that brings me happiness is that all my players tell me if they are not 100 percent fit".

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