How Gareth Southgate's 'lucky socks' got him the boot from Middlesbrough

How Gareth Southgate's 'lucky socks' got him the boot from Middlesbrough

England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true.

"It had tactical understanding, it had technically good players".

Croatia take on England in the second semi-final of the World Cup.

If Harry Maguire was a man in demand before the World Cup, he most certainly will be after it, too.

According to Croatian website Vercenji List, however, the player trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and could be ready to play against England this week.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.

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1/12/16 England Manager Gareth Southgate poses after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. "It seems that [Zlatko] Dalic has prepared a surprise for the English".

"A lot of young players were involved two years ago, suffered huge disappointment, we could have ignored that and looked to the future but we felt it was important to unpick it and find out exactly why we've had 10 years since we won a knockout game".

"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience". His understanding of the game is global: he's a guy who can create inside, make a movement outside, dribbling, runs in behind.

Croatia may be best suited to counter-attacking and relying on the brilliance of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic against England, according to former global Filip Tapalovic.

The flak Sterling receives doesn't bother him as much anymore, in his own words, the youngster focussing on his duties instead.

His first very almost was, too, with current Ipswich Town media manager Steve Pearce slated to write "Gareth Southgate: A World Cup Adventure" ahead of the tournament in 1998.

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