Dele Alli: 'I don't think we lost any momentum against Belgium'

Tyler Owen
July 3, 2018

Lingard is seen as one of the key players keeping the atmosphere in the squad light and he said that the mood among the players has been ideal.

"He is emblematic for England and shows their quality in the World Cup, but we will not face him alone, it will be the England team, there are many figures".

Gareth Southgate has been fantastic.

Waistcoat sales at a leading British retailer are booming thanks to England coach Gareth Southgate, whose immaculate dress sense at the World Cup has won praise from fashionistas.

SO HERE we are again, England in the knockout stages of a major tournament and belief is gradually growing that this could be the year that football finally comes home. And not forgetting, the penalty misses of Les Ferdinand and Rob Lee against Belgium in the King Hassan II International Cup in Morocco in 1998.

"I think they are relishing that chance, the energy in training today was really good. we are viewing the game as one against an opponent we really respect". Friends have told me what he said. It is probably braver not to, if you are not confident.

It's been some time since the English men's national team inspired this much hope in a tournament setting. He has been training with him every day for the past year - and that is going to give him extra knowledge about his qualities and the way he plays.

England have been practising penalties since March.

"Not everybody here is a penalty taker for their club".

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We didn't deserve to be winning the World Cup again, we didn't deserve to move into the round of 16. They were close to the wire against Sweden and they have not been able to break Korea down.

And Tottenham and England team-mate Dele Alli insisted that England could reach the quarter-finals even if the game does go to a dreaded penalty shootout.

If James plays and is fit, his creativity is key to Colombia and if he misses it all the responsibility it will be down to wide players Juan Cuadrado and Juan Quintero, whose set pieces have been a key weapon for Colombia so far in Russian Federation.

"No matter what round we are in, we are still going to play the same", Lingard said. "We've done various different studies and different practices".

"He's a player that we know all about and we wouldn't judge him on the period he had in the Premier League, that's for sure". For some of them, this will be one of the biggest games they'll have been involved in.

This is not something Southgate has just started thinking about.

That is an aspect of the game that the England manager's tactics requires given his use of three forward-looking midfielders. It's not about chance. It's a simple skill but it's about being able to perform it with pressure and everything around it. There are individual things you can work on within that. For now, however, Southgate is keeping his five names a secret. "It's changed the whole mindset for us". "If we have made [team] changes, we keep updating the list".

"I'm slightly concerned, because as a centre-half who took a lot of knocks to the head I'm not normally synonymous with being a fashion icon", he joked. With some, we shouldn't be interfering.

They dominated proceedings over their Polish opposition, but looked far more open defensively against the Senegalese, whilst still looking a threat on the front-foot.

Southgate, after all, knows how devastating it can be to lose this way. If you don't feel comfortable you have to be honest with yourself.

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