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

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

Three Lions Throwback The last time England reached the World Cup semi-finals was in 1990, when they lost a penalty shootout against eventual champions West Germany.

The Three Lions squad and management team arrived at their training base in Repino just after midnight local time and spent the day recuperating as World Cup fever gripped the nation. "If we've got players who are 75% the guys who haven't been in the team deserve to come in and be at 100%".

But the Tottenham Hotspur player, who grew up in Portugal and answered questions from Brazilian media in fluent Portuguese, says that a great part of the team spirit has been the commitment and approach of all players, regardless of their place on the team sheet. I think everyone is so close in there.

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. Given the money we have, that the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, and we've got St George's Park, we have what you need to be successful, so the minimum we...

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

"I said at the start of this that over this summer, this is our family".


"I may be going to the Croatia game as Henry VIII but I'll wear the waistcoat on top", he joked. That's the only word I can describe it because we're all a family.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week.

World Cup fever is sweeping the nation - and Danny McLaughlin has found himself at the centre of attention thanks to his incredible resemblance to star player Harry Kane.

The Manchester City man hailed England's campaign in Russian Federation as "a pleasure".

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".

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