France's defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018.
Gareth Southgate's side came fourth in the 2018 World Cup, their best result since 1990, losing 2-0 to Belgium in the third-fourth play-off on Saturday. Croatia won five gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics; they had won five medals, including three gold, at the 2012 London Olympics.
"He's in a position to do that and he's a great player but I don't think for any minute of that game he was ever thinking about the English media. about what any pundit had said".
"We closed it for sure (the gap to best top teams)".
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She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches, going to the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant. Will Serena match Court's record? "I want to be around as long as I can to support her".
He added: "I thought Stones was absolutely outstanding and (goalkeeper Jordan) Pickford has had a wonderful tournament".
"Today is the seventh game in a short period of time and we've had incredible physical and emotional demands on the least experienced team in the tournament", said Southgate. "But if I win it, it'll be something I'll be very proud of".
"We don't kid ourselves and we know the areas we hope to get better", he said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
They could also have a Golden Boot victor in their midst given the fact Harry Kane's six goals put him in a strong position ahead of Sunday's final - not that it makes the captain immune from criticism.
"I think he's captained the team exceptionally well". "We haven't produced quite enough moments of quality around the penalty area in the tournament", he said. He's led the culture that we're trying to create.