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Christian Williams in Southgate Road ready for tonight's semi-final clash

Christian Williams in Southgate Road ready for tonight's semi-final clash

And the 45-year-old star is more than ready for the finals, sharing "France, here we come." following the Croatians' semifinal victory over England.

Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, dubbed queen of the WAGS by some of the press this summer, was in attendance to support her husband.

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And eight years previously, when Germany beat England 4-1 in South Africa, depriving them of reaching the final eight, the general consensus in the media appeared to be that England were outplayed. He will be full of confidence having played a big part in Les Bleus' stunning round of 16 win over Argentina, and scored the second in their quarterfinal win over Uruguay.

"If I was in charge of the FA there would be no doubt that I would keep Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland and give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros and the next World Cup". But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

Coming into it, I did not really know what to expect in Russian Federation and like everyone else I was a bit anxious about what might happen.

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

Harry Kane admits England's World Cup exit will "hurt for a while" after their hopes were dashed by Croatia.

"It is a major blow for Southgate", Robson said. "Winning isn't an obligation, but we want this".

There is no doubt it has helped England's players see what is possible, too, and what they can now achieve with the emergence of talent from their all-conquering junior sides. "Who would have thought it, at the start of the tournament when everyone was writing us off?"

Tesco ice cream buying manager Sonia Morland said: "The rare combination of Mediterranean weather and England progressing to the last four of the World Cup has created a contagious feel-good factor that is sweeping the country".

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