England star back with squad after flying home for birth of daughter


He deserves all the credit because he's the one who's helped me prepare for penalties.

England boss Gareth Southgate reportedly faces an anxious wait over the fitness of attacking duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane ahead of the World Cup quarter-final clash against Sweden.

Thirty minutes of extra time failed to celebrate the sides, before the young England team exorcised the demons of shootouts past with a 4-3 spotkick win.

Moscow police said on Tuesday they had detained a person who vandalised a statue of a renowned Soviet football player outside the Spartak stadium, where England were playing Colombia in a Round of 16 match. He had just finished his scholarship and wasn't quite ready for the first-team and the reserve league was an absolute joke, at the time, with a game every three or four weeks.

"You work all season with your club to get here but to represent your country, there's nothing better".

However, one England fan lived up to his promise after suggesting that the Three Lions might struggle to make the quarter-finals with the squad Gareth Southgate picked.

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England will probably be without their back-up striker Jamie Vardy for Saturday's game, due to a groin strain, although injury worries for Ashley Young and Kyle Walker appear not to be so serious.

"The lads would always be prepared to risk injury for these games but that can't be at the detriment of the performance", Southgate said. We've lost to Portugal a bunch of times, so yeah, I was aware and I'm just really pleased we've changed that.

"I'm fairly indifferent to the game on Saturday because Switzerland got kicked out in their last game, I'm not too happy about that", he says.

Fabian Delph's return to the group after the birth of his daughter looks a timely boost at a time when England, the top seeds in their half of the draw, can ill afford complacency to seep in.

England's first ever penalty shootout victory in a World Cup has made a believer out of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa. I tried to stay in the moment and their player missing just before me calmed me down a bit because I knew it would win it for us.