Gareth Southgate urges England players to ‘write their own stories’

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In the Premier League, when you're playing against a team from top half of the table, it's different to the bottom half.

Alli was impressive in England's opening group game, a 2-1 win over Tunisia, until he picked up a thigh injury which kept him out of the 6-1 crushing of Panama and 1-0 loss to Belgium.

Southgate describes himself as the man who shattered a nation's dream. If James plays and is fit, his creativity is key to Colombia and if he misses it all the responsibility it will be down to wide players Juan Cuadrado and Juan Quintero, whose set pieces have been a key weapon for Colombia so far in Russian Federation. "I'd be willing to step forward", Rashford said. We have to make sure it's calm, that the right people are on the pitch and it doesn't become too many voices in the players' heads. And a month before that we were driving back to our hotel in Malta with some obscene chants being thrown at us from supporters.

Marketing director for Greene King Locals, Sue Thomas-Taylor, said: "The summer of sport is already off to a fantastic start, and it's great to see the nation coming together".

"I think it is very important, at times like this, that players who are family-orientated are supported by us".

'It's a youthful squad but we've still got experienced players in there and the team spirit is unbelievable. "They are young. They are inexperienced". We can go further.' The game looks like being a niggly affair after the Swedes tried to wind up their opponents ahead of kick-off. But maybe not the biggest.

"We've come here with a big squad and everyone is fighting for their place".

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Southgate was thinking back to that night against Germany in the semi-final of Euro 96, with the game drawn 1-1, and the traumatic events that led to John Major, the prime minister, offering him a sympathetic hug outside Wembley.

'Every situation you have to control it, you have to own it, and I want to go help the team.

"That's especially the case when balls are just dropping in for you and things are going for you". You mustn't be inhibited.

"The boys played well, the coach made a good decision, I think, and we're ready for the next game".

"We understand it but that record is definitely not something that is on our minds".

England captain Harry Kane has admitted that his is confidence is sky high going into his sides World Cup last 16 tie against Colombia next Tuesday at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

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