Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Dele Alli: 'I don't think we lost any momentum against Belgium'

Dele Alli: 'I don't think we lost any momentum against Belgium'

England have a awful penalty shootout record but Southgate, who missed the key penalty in the Euro 96 semi-finals, has helped change things.

Southgate wore a navy blue three-piece suit from M&S at every England group game, despite sweltering summer heat in Russian Federation.

England have been practising penalties since March.

"Maybe if I'd played against Belgium and didn't score, I'd be thinking, "I didn't score in the last game". The depth of knowledge and understanding wasn't so great and we didn't have as much information as we do now".

"Everyone has the level to play and be here; I have the full confidence (we) will work as a team to achieve the result that will take us to the next phase".

England play Colombia in their World Cup last-16 match on Tuesday, in what is one of the biggest games in the country's recent history.

Manager Gareth Southgate, who missed the crucial spot-kick in the Euro 96 semi-final, has the whole squad practicing and insists that they emulate the walk from the centre circle to the penalty area in training.

It wasn't Lingard's first strike of the World Cup.

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He made his last England appearance in November 2016, since when the team have been transformed under the leadership of Gareth Southgate.

"The players have been able to change perceptions of how an England team might play", Southgate told BBC Sport.

The striker struggled mightily in England during loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea but Southgate explained there were mitigating circumstances and remains a big fan. "That gives the team the best chance".

England's eight goals in the group stage tied for second most of any team in the World Cup. 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. I'm confident in myself and what's meant to be will be.

"For us we have to focus on the next game, we can't think about how well we've played in the last game or how good we are doing".

"I will be talking a lot with him between now and the game - and we will have a plan".

Rashford said he would be willing to put his hand up, as did Dele Alli when he was asked on Saturday.

"My father's generation and those before them would view that differently but you have got to be there for your family, I think, and that is very important".

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