Gareth Southgate says England have 'brilliant opportunity' to end knockout hoodoo

Gareth Southgate says England have 'brilliant opportunity' to end knockout hoodoo

England captain Harry Kane believes he can score every time he sets foot on the pitch in Russian Federation after netting five goals in his first two World Cup appearances. But Kane, who was not born when Sir Bobby Robson's side progressed to the semi-finals in Italy 28 years ago, believes this young Three Lions team have a great opportunity to make history. "We are excited and enjoying the World Cup", he said.

England midfielder Dele Alli has insisted that he will not take his World Cup place for granted, adding that the World Cup knockout stages is where he sees himself as a player. When you have the chance in a long, hard tournament to rest players, you should do that.

"Everyone gets on. There's no squabbling in the camp, there's no cliques in the camp. So we're not really fussed which side we are on", he said.

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In the type of excursion that was seemingly unlikely during the Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello eras, Lingard and Manchester United colleague Marcus Rashford went to a St Petersburg theme park on their Friday afternoon off with Arsenal's Danny Welbeck and Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

"I think everyone's happy, everyone has their own banter with each other", he continued.

"But I feel like if I play well and the team plays well, hopefully I'll score and things there will take care of themselves".

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"As a group of lads, it is a young squad but we still have those experienced players in there and the team spirit is awesome at the moment".

England's path to the final - should they beat Colombia - would be either Switzerland or Sweden in the quarter-finals, and then Croatia or Russian Federation in the semis.

"I think there's another level for us".

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Asked whether England had achieved their objective by finishing second to Belgium in Group G, Lingard replied: "Obviously we're going to have to play the big teams sooner or later". No matter what round we are in, we are still going to play the same.

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