History off our back, says Kane as England grow up

Jul 05, 2018, 01:26
History off our back, says Kane as England grow up

It may even deny them a victory over Sweden in Saturday's quarterfinal in Samara, when England will attempt to reach a World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1990.

It's no secret that some of the England players are fans of Fortnite. In many ways, the two teams are too similar, but the evolution under Southgate means that England can at least approach the game with more finesse than in the past. "My brain says England, though my heart says Sweden".

For all the drama around England, the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins.

This might be seen as a little bit of a hometown decision here but there is little denying the CSKA stopper's impact upon Russia's unlikely journey to the quarter finals.

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Tuesday's match fell some way short of two other World Cup matches involving England, both of which went to penalties with the English losing out on both occasions. That will mark a departure from the penchant of the World Cup final to spotlight titans, with Spain in 2010 the only finalist since 1966 without multiple finals all-time, and with nobody deeming Spain an upstart. Makes you wonder what we'll be talking about after this one.

For 92 minutes in Moscow, the Three Lions kept their cool as Colombia lost theirs and played with a patience in possession rarely seen by England sides in recent years.

"We will not be showing any further World Cup games, including the England v Sweden game this coming Saturday 7th, and in addition any future football tournaments".

On Gareth Southgate's side he said: "Nobody speaks about England but they are unsafe".

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In competitive games, England have a poor record, winning just one of the last eight meetings.

The teams were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time. Either way, they're doing it by focusing on process more than ever before.

The centre-back pairing consists of Colombia's Yerry Mina, who scored his third goal in three matches in Los Cafeteros' defeat to England on Tuesday evening, and Brazil's experienced defender Thiago Silva, who was on also on target in their round of 16 game.

Argentina flirted with disaster in the group stage and although hopes were high that they could improve after beating Nigeria in the group stage, it was not to be.

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But for the 47-year-old, who made 57 appearance for England, the memory of his own shootout failure remains vivid.