World Cup hero Hurst compares England boss Southgate to Town legend Ramsey

Dele Alli of England is congratulated by Gareth Southgate Manager of England after being replaced during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England

World Cup hero Hurst compares England boss Southgate to Town legend Ramsey

Andrew Marr has joined other stars in wearing waistcoats in support of England manager Gareth Southgate, following the football team's win over Sweden.

"Gareth Southgate has re-energised English football, as anyone who's been to a Walkabout to watch a match will tell you!"

"To be able to play the way that I think we want to play going forward", Southgate said, "we need goalkeepers of that ilk".

England's class of 2018 have been backed to go on and win the World Cup by 1966 legend Sir Geoff Hurst.

"Our best player is Harry Kane and look how humble he is".

Of Wednesday's semi-final clash, Hurst added: "Croatia look a very good team, (they have) very good players in (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic, they look a unsafe side".

Southgate lowered expectations before the tournament, highlighting his team's youth and inexperience, with the result that the public was ready to be forgiving and began to view the side nearly as underdogs. The chaotic corner shop closest to England's hotel was selling kitchen knives, women's underwear and frisbees but no World Cup paraphernalia.

First-choice strikers Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg worked hard at the coal-face of Sweden's defensive system but their wayward finishing, especially Berg's misses against England, would eventually see them reach the end of the road in Russian Federation.

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"They've been through a lot".

"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue through a tournament, that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".

England is just hoping Pickford's thumb heals in time for Croatia.

"My guys feel like conscript soldiers whose term of service was over just when they were preparing to go into battle".

"It's awesome, because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England".

The Everton number one has found himself under fire during the tournament but he produced several superb saves on Saturday as England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach the semi-finals.

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker said: "Humongous figures again for England".

Berg, 31, finished top goalscorer in the UAE last season, hitting 36 goals in 36 games to lead Al Ain to both the Arabian Gulf League title and the President's Cup.

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