Fowler: Southgate treats England players like adults

Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus Cheek in England U21 action

England are into the World Cup semi-finals, with Harry Maguire admitting that football is coming home for the Three Lions ..."hopefully".

Nearly 20 million people in Britain watched England reach the Soccer World Cup semi-finals on television, viewing figures showed on Sunday, not accounting for the many more who watched in pubs.

England's victory over Sweden in the quarter final stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has assured England a place in the semi-finals and the fans are a bit too excited with the news.

Much of that success has been down to the ability of the team to come closer to the fans and Southgate himself has done just that after the big game wins.

Even if Southgate's team reach the final, William will not attend the match because of Britain's diplomatic boycott of the World Cup in Russian Federation over a nerve agent attack in England this year. So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud.

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"It might do England a favour though if they are a bit exhausted when they kick off on the match later".

Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the team's performance "magnificent", saying the tournament would change the face of football in the host nation.

Terry Comitti, an England fan who is staying at the hotel told the Daily Mail: "The Swedish players looked like they had the right hump".

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", said the Real Madrid midfielder. Every match at this World Cup is like that. "We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England".

The match kicks off at 3pm (BST), with home-side Russian Federation taking on Croatia later on today to find who will be going through to the quarter-finals.

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