Wenger names England as one of World Cup favourites

05 July, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Prior to Tuesday night, England were the only team to have played in, and lost, three World Cup shootouts, but Southgate began putting plans in place to change that months ago.

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. Spain were knocked out on penalties by Russia, Cristiano Ronaldo could not drag Portugal past Uruguay and Lionel Messi and Argentina came unstuck once more on the grandest stage of them all.

Police said in a statement they "had identified and detained" the person who had vandalised the statue, which is located near the stadium's main entrance.

Kane has really stepped up to the plate as England captain under Southgate and will now begin preparations for a quarter-final showdown with Sweden on Saturday.

WHY BRAZIL WINS: It's hard - maybe impossible - to spot a weakness in a Brazilian team that probably has the most dynamic front-four attackers in the tournament.

Their opponents, Belgium and France, are more focussed on creating havoc at the other end.

The former Arsenal boss is working as a pundit for the tournament for beIN Sports, and thinks that the populations of the nations still left in Russian Federation will be crucial in deciding whether or not they can lift the trophy.

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England will take on Sweden on Sunday morning in their quarter-final. They're just not good enough to go toe-to-toe with Croatia.

But Pekerman said the England players were demanding fouls which, in his opinion, were not, complaining to American referee Mark Geiger and affecting the flow of Colombia's game.

"But today is a special moment for this team and hopefully will give belief to new generations of players that follow". Let them play. I think they're enjoying having that freedom.

Gareth Southgate's England side face Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

"I love England so I'm happy deep down".

The way the draw has opened up for England is a massive carrot for them, and I think they will continue their progress.

"It's early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup - whether we go out [on Tuesday] or we go on and win it - the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads. We know obviously in the past England haven't done great and it was great to get that one off our back".

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