"It's early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup - whether we go out [on Tuesday] or we go on and win it - the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads".
If World Cup history is anything to go by, this one won't be a classic - France and Uruguay have shared two 0-0 draws at the tournament, in 2002 and 2010.
They got away with it this time, but they need to step it back up again against Russian Federation.
England secured their place in the quarter-finals by beating Colombia on penalties on Tuesday to set up a clash with Sweden on Saturday.
Brazil, usually the game's great entertainers, and Uruguay boast the meanest defences at the World Cup, having both conceded once in their four games.
Uruguay have struck me as being extremely hard to beat and, whether or not it is backed up statistically, I think they have got the best defence in the competition. "Naturally we want to win, but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".
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Meanwhile Croatia and Russian Federation, who face each other in the last quarter final at 2 p.m. ET in Sochi on Saturday, are 6/1 and 18/1 respectively. "It's just an unbelievable feeling, the best feeling of my career".
All three are doubts for the quarterfinal against Sweden in Samara on Saturday after reporting problems to the England medical team after the victory in Moscow.
"But I would say at the moment England - nobody speaks about England but they are risky - Brazil or France".
"We had the resilience and belief to get over the line", he said, praising the composure and discipline of his side in the face of rough treatment and a raucous Colombian crowd in Moscow.
It seems to be working out just fine for them, but Sweden still look a little light up front and could struggle to trouble England's backline. This is the most well-prepared England team I've seen.
Eric Dier kept his composure in the Spartak Stadium, propelling the Three Lions to a famous 4-3 shoot-out win after it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.
"Wooo! That was phenomenal game of football!"