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Dele Alli "confident" of World Cup glory

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Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 12:39

When I took over as Germany boss in 2004, after we had failed at that summer's European Championship, I began by trying to give our national team an identity, and a clear way of playing. I'm an England fan and I have struggled to comprehend how, from 1990 when we came so close to reaching the final, we have never kicked on from there.

"I think it's a great idea", said Seligson, who for the Sweden game on Saturday wore another traditional English apparel, a bowler hat.

"It's going to be hard - the semi-final at a World Cup, it's not going to be an easy game - but it's a game we feel we're ready for". Given the money we have, that the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, and we've got St George's Park, we have what you need to be successful, so the minimum we...

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party tweeted a photo of herself holding a model of the World Cup trophy, stating, "It's home already (well, we can dream!)", before congratulating England on their 2-0 quarter-final win against Sweden.

Southgate saw the excitement and expectation that comes with reaching a semi-final during his playing days when he was part of the squad that reached the final four at Euro 96.

"They have got some fantastic players.

But the way the tournament's been going so far, whoever we come up against we feel confident we're going to win and we have to be like that if we're going to get into the final".

And Southgate believes winning the World Cup this year would be even bigger than Sir Alf Ramsey's side doing so 52 years ago.

"They struggled against Denmark and beat Uruguay, without Cavani, quite unimpressively. In celebration, we've put one of the nation's favourite dishes, fish and chips, on offer for just £1". We managed to stop Messi and [Christian] Eriksen so hopefully we can stop Kane.

"I watched it with some mates, at a mate's house", he said.

But it's more than just England's crossing ability.

"Before I knew it, I'd missed my train". On a two-way play (winner including extra time), England is -165 and Croatia is +142.

For them, the real red letter day was a 3-2 win over the reigning world champions in 1967.

Jurgen Klinsmann was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow.