England's Match Against Sweden Saw Huge Numbers

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"The Sir Alf Ramseys, the Brian Cloughs, the Sir Bobby Robsons, they had that calm demeanour which transmitted to the players and I think that although Gareth Southgate is not in that category yet, well he might be if he wins the World Cup, he's got that quiet demeanour which comes across for the players".

But it is not merely a case of a temporary burst of patriotic fervour papering over the cracks in society.

"He's a million miles away from the Boris Johnsons and Piers Morgans who fill our TV screens".

Southgate's approach, refreshingly free of the usual football management cliches, has had an impact beyond that of his tone, however.

Adjudged Man of the Match for his wonderful saves against Sweden, who England beat 2-0 in the quarter finals on Saturday, the England goalie is intent on raising the bar. Croatia and England will play on Wednesday. "Every player working for each other, not as individuals like in the past".

But Modric said they would be ready to face Southgate's men.

"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

On the surface at least, football appears to have healed some of the division caused by the referendum.

"But they can also reveal gulfs".

Maguire puts Three Lions in front
SAMARA , Russia - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Thankfully for Southgate's men, they are a dab hand at set pieces and their first corner brought the opening goal.

England flags have also been draped around it.

Harry Kane was not even born when England last reached the World Cup semifinals 28 years ago, but the Tottenham striker - who has met 1966 final hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst - fully appreciates the weight of history he and his teammates are making in Russian Federation.

"The Premier League is different with crosses into the box, so it demands different skills".

However, Gareth Southgate, the team's forward-thinking coach, made a decision to switch formation to a 3-5-2 past year in an effort to give more security to his defense, enable his midfielders to have more possession, and to get more support for star striker Harry Kane.

Southgate spent time in the United States at the start of the year, watching the Super Bowl but also National Basketball Association games in a bid to discover how teams got themselves into space near the basket via choreographed moves and plays. "He knows what traps to avoid".

Yet the Al Ain forward was left ruing what might have been, after finishing the tournament with the worst record in front of goal at a World Cup for any Swede in more than 40 years. Both teams won the trophy as hosts of the tournament.

"This team has changed everything", said Jack Levick, while Alex Sinclaire says the players have "brought the joy back" and Kevin Carroll said they "make my hair stand on end".

For Southgate, that is more than just good PR. "Maybe that's because they are quite young and have their careers still in front of them". "They can give hope to them".

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