Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Jamie Vardy sends Gareth Southgate update ahead of World Cup semi-final

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Adrian Cunningham | 10 July, 2018, 14:24

England play Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday for the right to meet France or Belgium in Sunday's final.

"In terms of similarities, the leadership at the top is vital", Hurst said.

"It's felt like a good holiday we've been on - and we're enjoying every moment of it", said the Manchester United left wing-back.

The 26-year-old was born just a few months after England's last appearance in a World Cup semi-final at Italia '90, along with another 16 members of the current squad who also weren't born as Sir Bobby Robson's Three Lions lost to West Germany on penalties.

"We've talked about the team which won".

"The difference for me is we had four world-class players at the time, whereas I don't think you could say that at the moment".

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We have never been favourites for a World Cup.

He said: "When I walk in the street, wait on the platform for a train going to work or go shopping I have young lads asking for photos or telling me how much I look like Harry Kane".

England fan Paul Seligson, a 61-year-old teacher, told The Sun he will heed their call to wear a waistcoat although with Britain now in the midsst of a heatwave he could be in for an uncomfortable time.

"(We hoped we would have) a long month together, which we have done. I thought we would but we never have.

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.

"But now, I pray and I would give anything in the world that this squad eventually "confines us to history". It's not straightforward because we won't see everything, but we'll have a feel from what they're reporting and the way they're running, and then we can try to make the best decisions we can".