Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on England's World Cup hopes


Southgate has worked on improving England players' psychology going into shootouts, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford used information - detailing where Colombia's penalties were likely to go - that was written on a water bottle next to his goal.

Stores have pushed waistcoat sales as England advanced to a World Cup semifinal clash against Croatia in Moscow tomorrow morning, with people taken by Southgate's style of wearing a vest without his suit jacket, AP reports. "Beckham was the one I always looked up to; the technique, his crossing, on the move or set pieces".

For me, Southgate is the personification of tenacity, reminding me of an English politician who famously said: "Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man". "There's a lot of enthusiasm".

"I would just walk out of the room".

"I will get more attention and it won't be easy to go out for meals if I am in certain places but it won't change my view on the world or the things I attempt to do".

Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team.

"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience".

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson. Will it be France; Belgium; England or Croatia? The enthusiasm they have for these players, they've been brilliant ambassadors for our country, it's great for them they've got some enjoyable moments playing for England now.

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.

"I understand that the social media posts have reached up over 40,000 people already - it's a good indication that the council is listening to our residents round the clock".

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England have been rewriting history in Russian Federation, and Southgate is hoping there will be more to come as they play their most important World Cup game since losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-finals of Italia '90. So, I did and we won 2-0.

Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton.

"We are in a World Cup semi-final".

"Football's Coming Home, as a song, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".

He said: "We are really proud of the support we have received".

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see".

"We are excited about the future but also we want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow as well".

Bournemouth South Police said there will be three main road closures in the town centre at the end of the game.

After the win against Sweden, Bournemouth experienced a party atmosphere as thousands flooded into the streets.

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