Dele Alli eager to take on Croatia's Modric

Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah Vardy poses in minidress on Instagram

Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah Vardy poses in minidress on Instagram

England have managed to improve as a national squad under Gareth Southgate, who is leading the team in their first global tournament since the 2016 European Championship, where former manager Roy Hodgson's contract ended following a 2-1 loss to Iceland. I think he knows me as a person and he knows I wouldn't get carried away with it or think too much into it.

But after two knockout games in which they were favourites against Colombia and Sweden, England now face a high-quality, highly tactical opponent and Southgate must decide if his trusted formation is really suited for such a task.

Mr Tripper, who has the England St George flag hoisted on a pole outside his Bury home with "Tripper" emblazoned on it, said after seeing his son for the first time in Russian Federation in the quarter final, his emotions were running high.

"We have to talk about the Tottenham v Liverpool game at Wembley when Harry Kane ran Dejan Lovren ragged", he said.

After years of lamenting the behavior of its traveling fans, maybe now it is time for England to take more of an inward look.

I always say a prayer, the same prayer, before the game.

'We've worked hard on getting to know each other off the pitch and creating that togetherness and understanding with each other, ' he added.

"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue through a tournament, that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".

That goal was a timely one for both the collective and the individual, who had seen his place come under question from some quarters earlier in the tournament. "Now, having had the baby, I've really felt a massive weight off my shoulders".

On the memes and celebrations: "I think a lot of the guys, like me, they've switched off to it. I play every game like every other game".

Sterling caused Sweden plenty of problems in Samara and although he received more flak from some fans for missed chances, David Beckham is the latest former England player to jump to his defence. But for me, as a family man, it's so important to be around when those special occasions happen. "It's [meant so] much to me and the whole team!"

It made Alli (22) the second youngest England scorer in a World Cup game, after Michael Owen.

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