Gareth Southgate agrees with decision not to hold England parade

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England manager Gareth Southgate addressed his players and staff at their base in Repino yesterday following their crushing World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

Gareth Southgate believes England's remarkable run to the World Cup semi-finals has not only showcased homegrown talent but struck a blow for the country's coaches.

7 - goals in the tournament's highest-scoring games, Belgium's 5-2 win over Tunisia and England's 6-1 rout of Panama in Group G and France's 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16. We will push them to play our game.

England are due to fly from St Petersburg to Birmingham on Sunday - the day after facing Belgium in the third-place play-off - and the Football Association has confirmed that there will be no public access for fans, given airport security restrictions.

"We were planning to leave, but now we have to stay until Monday", said Sinisa Pavlek, a Croat living in Germany, as he emerged from the stadium with a broad smile.

While Modric may be a worthy contender for Footballer of the Year, his team's quick switch in tactics during their World Cup semifinal against England shows that danger lurks around every corner playing against this Croatia squad. Everyone wants to play.

"We're absolutely gutted but I think we have to take it on the chin. So, we'll try and get the team that is best able to do the job". And despite all 23 of his players training on Friday ahead of this match, Southgate was keeping his cards close to his chest with regards selection for Saturday.

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Williams, in fact, got broken just six times in the tournament, as her serve, like her ball-striking, became harder and cleaner. On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.

"We've had a lot of success at junior level, now with the seniors". Everyone wants to play but sometimes it is not a good decision to play someone if their energy is not quite there. We will carry one another. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done. I think when I was a player I had a very simplistic mindset.

"We have a captain whose first thought all tournament has been how far can the team go?" Football is about winning as a team.

"Of course it's going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

England now holds the under-17 and under-20 World Cup crowns. "It's the same as if you're at a big club".

Wednesday's audience peaked between 21:30-21:35 BST as England tried to find an equaliser at the end of extra time in the semi-final against Croatia.

"I must say the support we've had from home and the feeling of support is huge". I hope on Sunday we can celebrate together.

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