How have Three Lions reached the semi finals?


Manager Gareth Southgate has described it as an "incredible feeling".

"I think you can see that in the way that we play, the way that we fight for each other".

"But when it happens like that you have to make sure you are still benefiting the team and helping them as much as you can, off the ball".

But with the euphoria of Saturday's win having turned into focus on Wednesday's match with Croatia, Trippier says England will be ready to go again in Moscow.

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

Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).

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Southgate said it vindicated his decision to play a weakened team in the final group game against Belgium. They will not be an easy job for England, far from it, though it remains to be seen whether they could all look a bit exhausted after playing 240 minutes of football instead of 180 in those knockout rounds.

"I don't think we have succeeded yet - success is hard to define but in my eyes and I think in everyone else's eyes back at the (team) hotel I think this isn't a success yet", Dier told reporters today after the team's training session.

"And there's the emotion and also the fans have paid a lot, come a long way and to be able to connect with them. Thank you for coming on our ride with us". "We'll just have to assess the bodies". I don't really ever get nervous anyway. "I play every game like every other game". "You don't want to watch it back but we know how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger".

After the tension of extra-time and penalties in a bad-tempered clash with Colombia, England's progress to the last four was relatively serene in easing past Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.

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Raphael Varane headed France on their way to a 2-0 win over Uruguay from a free kick while Fernandinho deflected a cross from a corner into his own net to put his Brazil side behind in their eventual 2-1 defeat by Belgium. So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud.