Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Gareth Southgate has ‘racehorse trainer’s eye’ for England injuries

Gareth Southgate has ‘racehorse trainer’s eye’ for England injuries

England have managed to improve as a national squad under Gareth Southgate, who is leading the team in their first global tournament since the 2016 European Championship, where former manager Roy Hodgson's contract ended following a 2-1 loss to Iceland.

'I just want to make them proud and it's really nice to see my dad - you know I had him as a coach when I was younger and he always wanted me to be a footballer.

"We weren't aware of everything going on in the country as we were kept in a bubble", said Hurst, who added that none of the other teams still in Russian Federation should frighten England. Hendo (Jordan Henderson) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change (taking him off in the closing stages).

"This squad doesn't have those type of players, they are all of a similar level".

"That's why we took the decision we did against Belgium (to rest players) more than anything". I think everyone is so close in there. "I think is it real?" he stated.

"I said at the start of this that over this summer, this is our family". We've shown belief and I think that's what is going to get us over the line in this game'.

"You obviously have got your family at home and the kids that you need to keep in touch with, keep checking in or the missus might go mad". (Owen Humphreys/PA Images) Quote of the day Video of the day Daily social What's on tomorrow England manager Gareth Southgate will hold a pre-match press conference ahead of the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Tuesday.

"But for us, it's all about the experience".

While cosseted away in a forest in western Russian Federation, social media has allowed Walker to get a flavour of the atmosphere and "buzz around the nation" that is unlike anything he has seen in his lifetime.

Meanwhile, Croatia's first World Cup semi-final for two decades has revived the memories of the country's football high point and raised hopes that Luka Modric's side can go one better than their legendary predecessors. "We have seen the reaction to the squad and it has been unbelievable and we hopefully have many more great memories to come".

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