England's Southgate cites Germany blueprint as model for success

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We will have some extra motivation because of that, for sure. "You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.

"We can tell the way the country has united behind football and that's maybe more important than the football in some respects".

In the group stage England had lost 0-1 to Belgium.

"They coped brilliantly with all of that, so if we want to play for England you have to deal with expectation".

Just when you thought you couldn't like the man any more.

"It's only a one-goal deficit and we've come back from a couple one-goal deficits in the tournament already so I think we should be able to bounce back", said Steven Matkovic after England scoared the first goal of the match.

But while Southgate will assess the fitness levels of his players, he does not want to deviate too far from what has become a settled line-up.

England's Harry Kane leads the way in the Golden Boot standings, two clear of Belgium's Romelu Lukaku going into Saturday's third-place play-off. They have real humility. We were lucky to reach the final but we've shown this kind of commitment in each game. It wasn't the outcome we wanted and as painful as it is right now, I'm sure we will learn an very bad lot from last night's game...

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Gareth Southgate agrees with the decision not to hold a parade for England's returning World Cup heroes having just fallen short of the final.

"A fine of CHF 50,000 and a warning to the Croatian Football Federation for breaching the Media and Marketing Regulations and the FIFA Equipment Regulations", FIFA said.

Smith will perform the official World Cup song before Sunday's final, and was asked how Brazil's quarterfinal exit compared to his movies.

One player who will be particularly keen to play will be England forward Harry Kane who is now the top scorer in the tournament and has a chance to win the Golden Boot. We have to play as well as we can.

Asked whether he feared that this run to the last four in Russian Federation could turn out to be the peak for his team, Southgate said: "None of us know if that's as good as it gets. I don't think realistically any of us did", he said.

"We're a bit outside the top five but competitive against those teams", he added.

"I know the messages I have had from back home has helped them see what's possible".