Gareth Southgate plans ruthless England cull with Gary Cahill first on list

16 July, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Gareth lead England to the World Cup semi-final

There was no third-place match at that tournament, so Yugoslavia - made up of players from Serbian-based clubs - officially finished fourth behind the United States on goal difference. Forward Mario Mandzukic and defender Ivan Strinic had to be taken off injured late in that game.

The Group D winners, Croatia defeated Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties and England in extra time, but Rakitic said that exhaustion will not be a factor because of what's at stake."There will be excess power and excess energy - no worries about that", he said.

From a childhood blighted by war to a successful playing career now being muddied by a criminal case, Luka Modric has arrived at the World Cup final with plenty of life experiences.

Instead, they're forced to play an effectively meaningless contest for the sole reason of Federation Internationale de Football Association making more money from an extra match.

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

Victory in Saturday's third place playoff over England in St Petersburg ensured a best ever tournament return for the Belgians but they are likely to be long haunted by a nagging sense they might have done so much better.

Southgate will spend a few days with his family this week but will then work at St George's Park making plans for the September global break, when England will play Spain in their first Nations League fixture and a friendly against Switzerland.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium - Brussels, Belgium - July 15, 2018. We have nothing to practise. "We need relaxation and rest to gain freshness for tomorrow", added Dalic.

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Kane said: "In the second half, we played really well".

"We've tried to play out and change the game to the way we want to play but there is still a lot of improvement to come".

Nevertheless, Ashworth is confident that the future is bright for the "Three Lions", telling the BBC's sports editor Dan Roan: "I sincerely hope and believe that over the next two, four, six years we've got some players in the system that will help England win".

"Win or lose, tomorrow there will be a seismic event in Croatia".

Leander Dendoncker - who played only the once in Russian Federation in a 1-0 win over England in the group stages - may be left red-faced however, as he appeared to have more important affairs to focus on as he spent much of his time waiting for the King and Queen on his phone. "Against the very best teams we've come up short".

When Kevin de Bruyne is in charge of a football match, there are few classier players in the world and with a glittering support cast, Belgium are one of the most watchable sides on the planet.

"Tomorrow is the final".

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