Southgate backs Delph's decision to go home for birth

03 July, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • GETTYWho will England play in the last-16 of the World Cup

"No. Obviously we are going to have to play the big teams sooner rather than later and, if you want to be the best team in the world, you've got to beat the big teams", he said.

Passion and excitement for the national team had waned after a group-stage exit at the last World Cup and the Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland but Southgate, initially reluctant to step into the void after Sam Allardyce's one-match reign, has overseen an impressive change in fortunes.

England already have their five designated penalty-takers drawn up and the back-up options.

"So he's desperate to support us but also I think his focus needs be with his family at this time and he has my full support on that". France's Just Fontaine holds the all-time record with an astonishing 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup. He's the life and soul of England's training sessions, always providing laughs and banter - when appropriate, of course.

"It is over 10 years (2006) since we won a knockout fixture so for this team this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have gone before. I thought they had the better controlled possession, and the better chances in the first half", said Soutgate.

In soccer, players fulfil their family duties at the discretion of team leaders.

Kane's confidence is "sky high" heading into Tuesday's game and the Tottenham striker says he expects to hit the back of the net in every game he plays. "It's just about being able to perform it with pressure". "He got it right most of the time last season but we need a bit extra to push for the title". At the start of the tournament, we were saying that if we'd get past the quarter-finals it'd be great but if we don't get to a semi-final now it won't have been a very good tournament. "If we have made [team] changes, we keep updating the list".

"The lad who scored it had never taken a pen before. We believe we can do that".

"If you don't feel comfortable you have to be honest with yourself". Rashford, even at such a young age, wants that responsibility.

It only served to underline what Southgate has described as "the disconnect" between the fans and teams.

"My father's generation and those before them would view that differently but you have got to be there for your family, I think, and that is very important".

And with two penalty shootouts being contested in yesterdays last-16 ties, Lingard said that the players have been practicing penalties in training.



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