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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of Liverpools plans for next season with Jürgen Klopp admitting it will be a bonus if the midfielder plays a competitive game before May. The full extent of the knee injury was revealed on the day Liverpool agreed a world‑record Bobby Hull Youth jersey 75m fee for the Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the Champions League final and Englands World Cup campaign because of an injury Authentic Wayne Gallman Jersey sustained against Roma on 24 April. It has been confirmed the 24-year-old sustained multiple ligament damage and is expected to be out of action for up to 12 months in total.
Liverpool, and the player, knew the full extent of the injury within days of the semi-final first‑leg win at Anfield but did not go public with the prognosis at the request of the England international. Oxlade-Chamberlain did not want the severity of his ligament damage to disturb teammates preparations for the Champions League final against Real Madrid in May and kept the news Authentic John Jaso Jersey between himself, Klopp and the medical staff involved in his recovery.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who was in outstanding form before the Roma game, had a successful operation eight http://www.authenticcapitalstore.com/-31-p...rsey_c-489.html days after sustaining an injury that damaged his cruciate and medial ligaments plus the tendons to his hamstring. That is expected to be the only surgery required. His rehabilitation is on course and Liverpool do not view the injury as career-defining although accept it may take a full year from the time of the challenge at Anfield for the £40m signing to make a complete recovery.
Klopp said: It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab.
We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury, and after the successful surgery we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback its exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that were now giving more detail publicly.
It is typical of Ox that he didnt want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time. His surgery which he had on the day of our second leg in Rome has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well. But the truth of the matter is that http://www.packersfootballofficialshop.com...ers-jersey.html we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season, it will be a bonus.
The length of Oxlade-Chamberlains absence will not influence Liverpools transfer business for the remainder of this window. Klopp, as he stated, has been resigned to the players absence since April and already added Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to his outfield options for the new campaign. Alisson will join the incomings subject to a medical on Thursday, becoming the worlds most expensive goalkeeper in the process, and is expected to be Liverpools final signing of the transfer window. A proposed £53m move for the Lyon captain, Nabil Fekir, will not be revived due to the Anfield clubs concerns over the players medical.
Alisson will sign a six-year contract and take Liverpools summer spend to £176m. The Brazil international has agreed personal terms and interrupted a post-World Cup holiday in Sardinia on Wednesday to fly to Merseyside before his medical. Klopps priority once the deal is concluded will be to offload several players deemed surplus to requirements, with the manager admitting his squad is too big. Simon Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic could all http://www.officialsunsproshop.com/authent...ley-jersey.html depart. Of course we have to sell, Klopp said. We cannot go with 35-40 players. We need a lot of players but not 40.
The manager said the summers transfer business has strengthened his squad considerably. Maybe it is the first year we dont sell a key player. There was always a lot of change but in both directions. Now it is more in one direction. That is clear. Big teams, successful teams, if you dont buy it you have to build it. That means stay together, bring additions in and make the next step: stay together, bring additions in, make the next step. That is how it is. The team and squad is in a really good moment.

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One assessment of José Mourinhos business at the halfway mark of the window might be that it has been underwhelming. The manager has recruited Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m, paid Porto £19m for Diogo Dalot and signed Lee Grant for £1.5m from Stoke City to become his third-choice goalkeeper.

Whether theses recruits have strengthened the squad is arguable. At Russia 2018 Fred could not dislodge Casemiro or Manchester Citys Fernandinho as Brazils defensive midfielder, the 25-year-old failing to feature for a single second.
For United Freds role is to be the pivot who allows Paul Pogba to surge forward. That pair join Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini as Mourinhos midfield options. Yet there is a lack of stardust here, apart from Pogba, and no natural replacement for the Frenchman if he is absent. This is in contrast to City, where Pep Guardiola can choose from David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündogan.
Full-back is one of the key positions Mourinho believes has to be improved if United are to catch their crosstown rivals. Yet Dalot is a largely untested 19-year-old and Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are converted wingers who will both be 33 when the season starts. Luke Shaw appears to have lost considerable weight via a close-season fitness regime but remains an enigma, while Matteo Darmian may leave Anthony Sherman Jersey along with Daley Blind, who completed his move to Ajax on Tuesday. Mourinho, then, may need to buy again, http://www.officialpadrestore.com/Rickey_Henderson_Jersey with Juventuss Alex Sandro a possible target.
This is still the biggest issue for many United fans: the stodgy fare Mourinhos side serve up. The complaint can be countered by the manager claiming the Europa League and League Cup in his first term, and finishing second last season the best since the title of 2013. The concern is that Mourinhos CV shows a career-long preference for dogmatic defence and the approach has seemingly become more entrenched at United. Can he, then, meld the attacking talent of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez into a consistently potent force?
Mourinho has high hopes Sánchez will be far more formidable following a rare close season off. Yet the Chileans preparation is not aided by missing the start of the tour because of a personal administrative issue, thought to be the denial of a US visa because of Sánchez accepting a suspended prison sentence from Spanish authorities for tax fraud this year.
The Frenchman was a standout performer in Russia and Ameer Abdullah Jersey crowned his tournament with a sweet left-foot strike in the 4-2 win over Croatia in the final. This means Pogba will arrive back next month following an enforced three-week break as a world champion and surely in the perfect place to produce a campaign of consistent brilliance. Still only 25 he should be the fulcrum who runs the team, pinning opponents back and creating openings, while weighing in with 15 goals a season.
Can he do it? Will Pogba and Mourinho improve a relationship that has been fractured? The first question impacts on the second: Pogbas challenge is to ensure the answer is in the affirmative. If it is not then Uniteds season may disappoint.
By May 2019 six years will have passed since Sir Alex Ferguson landed the most recent of Uniteds record 20 top-division titles. Mourinho may have secured second http://www.brownsfootballofficialprostore....rsey_c-400.html last term but he ended trophy-less and the 19-point gap to City indicates what a non-event the race for the Premier League was. Liverpools dismantling of Guardiolas men in the Champions League quarter-finals and the league fixture at Anfield via a fast-and-furious style seems anathema to Mourinho, so he may need to produce a quasi-miracle to finish ahead of City and Liverpool. If he fails to do so then his job will be in the balance, unless a glittering Champions League challenge is returned. Mourinho, of course, has only once lasted longer than three full seasons as a manager. wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping
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Liberté, egalité, Mbappé! After Frances World http://www.officialvikingsjerseysstore.com...ey_Jersey_Cheap Cup victory on Sunday, the French slogan was rewritten to celebrate a winning goal by Artemi Panarin Jersey a 19-year-old player from the Paris suburbs who is donating his World Cup fee to charity because, he says, it is such an honour to play for his national team.

Much has been made in the wake of the moment of national pride that 19 of Frances squad of 23 players are migrants or the children of migrants. Or the fact that the reflex of Muslim players Paul Pogba and Djibril Sidibé was to prostrate themselves in prayer at their win. How could a country so riddled with prejudice towards minorities get behind a team that reflects all its own contradictions back at it?
A startling recent report by the French national commission on human rights (CNCDH) stated that Muslims remain Authentic Chicago White Sox Jersey among the least accepted minorities, with the rejection often extending from Islam, to the entirety of its practitioners. French Muslims may be leading their nation to the biggest prize in world sport, yet 44% of French people believe Islam is a threat to French identity. Even prayers are a problem for 30% of French people who think they are not compatible with French society. Not a single minority achieves over 80% tolerance in France today. Fraternité, anyone?
In France today, a practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview than his Catholic counterpart. According to the study, Muslims in France face even worse discrimination than African-Americans do in the United States.
Last year, for the first time ever, Front National (FN) garnered more than 20% of votes in a presidential election, with the partys leader, Marine Le Pen, setting a new record for the number of FN voters of 7.6 million; 35% of those who voted backed Front National in the second round.
The illusions many of us held over the 1998 national celebration of black, blanc, beur (black, white, Arab) multiculturalism have long been replaced with a deep cynicism over Frances commitment to a national identity that embraces all French men and women on an equal platform. Or the reality that, 20 years on, football is still one of the few avenues for material and professional success for Frances working-class men from the banlieues. The fraternity created by football cant mask the growing cleavages over the very soul of our country.
Yet, away from sport, one mans battle against the state may offer a glimmer of hope. In February, the government brought in some of its toughest laws related to asylum, doubling the time for which undocumented migrants can be detained (now 90 days), and http://www.officialauthenticredskinstore.c...n_moreau_jersey making the illegal crossing of borders an offence punishable by one year in jail, plus fines. Charities referred to the new laws as an unquestionable break with Frances tradition of asylum.
Yet this month, a young farmer by the name of Cédric Herrou took the French state to court for failing to live up to its core values of liberté, egalité and fraternité. And he won. While lacking the global hysteria that surrounds the World Cup, this landmark decision is certain to have far-reaching implications.
Herrou, an olive farmer from the Roya valley, which stretches between France and Italy, first came to public attention last year when he was fined 3,000 (£2,700) for assisting dozens of migrants. He has argued that he and his friends are being persecuted for a crime of solidarity.
To his detractors, hes endangering the nation in a country where immigration is now consistently framed in terms of national security and terrorism. To his supporters, he embodies everything France claims to stand for freedom (of movement for all), equality of all peoples, and fraternity regardless of class, creed or colour. And last Friday, Frances constitutional court ruled that the countrys core principle of fraternity protected Herrou from prosecution. It said: The concept of fraternity confers the freedom to help others, for humanitarian purposes, without consideration for the legality of their stay on national territory. This decision is hugely significant in a Europe that has grown increasingly hostile to migrants. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap jerseys
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If ever there was a time for Paul Pogba to dab and dance, to snapchat and sing to his hearts content without giving a soul with any sense the opportunity even to tut, this was it. With Moscows Luzhniki Stadium his stage, he dabbed with president Macron. He dabbed with his mother and brothers on the pitch. He dabbed with an iconic 36.8cm piece of sculpted gold that means everything in football. A world champion, a scorer of a goal that felt result-defining in the final, a fulcrum for his team, a massive personality revered back home, the only thing missing was a hairdresser on hand to create a World Cup-shaped cut to mark this most glorious of moments.

With Pogba in his exuberant element the master of social media filming non-stop in the dressing room, on the bus, encouraging all sorts of celebratory flourishes with his band of World Cup-winning brothers he felt so central to everything about this French generation. During the course of this tournament his status within the group changed, http://www.bearsfootballofficialauthentic....IATKOSKI+JERSEY and even for his own teammates it was difficult to articulate exactly what it was and how it happened. But everyone could feel it. I can tell you that Paul Pogba, I dont know how and I dont know from where, has become a leader, announced Adil Rami. He proved it to us. He showed it. Hes the Mike Webster Womens Jersey one that showed the way. He was the strong man of the France team.

His evolution during this tournament into a new kind of force for Les Bleus, able to use his power, his presence and his technical skill set with an enhanced sense of responsibility and focus, is symbolic of how this team Jacob McQuaide Authentic Jersey clicked into serious contenders during their month in Russia.
Pogba being Pogba, when France arrived for this World Cup his role in the side was being debated. Polemics about his more enigmatic characteristics, the search for a way to get him to play his best and how to fit him in the tactical scheme of things, bubbled from the off. The scene was not unfamiliar as Didier Deschamps looked tense when lobbed questions on the subject before a ball had even been kicked or an anthem sung.
Kazan. Frances opening group game against Australia was not particularly convincing. The team laboured. They lacked creativity and cohesion. Still, Pogba influenced the outcome more than most. A clever through-ball opened the game up to produce a penalty for their first goal an assist of sorts before he prompted and finished the move for the winner (later given as an own goal). Post-match the Pogba inquisition started anew, prompting him to defend himself http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/a...ull-jersey.html by batting away the negative vibes.
I am less entitled to make mistakes than others, he mused. I went from the biggest transfer in the world to the most criticised player in the world. Criticism is always here. When I was little, with my friends we always used to take the piss out of each other, saying: You were good, you were bad. Its about what happens on the pitch and I treat the criticism like I did when I was playing on the block as a kid. I never listen to it. Im having fun and thats the only answer I can give to all those people who criticise me or who think I am this or that.
Into the knockouts Pogba became more and more influential. The Ben Harpur Youth jersey critics in general grew quieter and quieter. Against Argentina he enjoyed himself as France glided through the creative gears. Against Uruguay he helped his team to control the game and minimise pressure. Against Belgium he was strong and disciplined, supporting the defensive work with a mix of aggression and diligence. Pogba showed many facets to his game, able to do what http://www.sabresteamprostore.com/Zemgus_Girgensons_Jersey was needed in different situations.
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Thank you Russia, and goodbye! Its been fun. Not to mention epic, thrilling, dazzlingly well-organised, and with a constantly shifting sense of place from the strangulating heat of Samara, to the fly-marshes of Volgograd, to the mist and drizzle of the north.

But that is now a wrap. After four and a half weeks and 64 matches, 1,613 shots, 1,734 fouls and a shared continental-scale avalanche of herring, beetroot, dumplings, vodka and sustained on-field drama, the World http://www.lionsshopnfl.com/Authentic-Sylv...Williams-Jersey Cup can now be packed away for the next four years.
It is tempting in the immediate glow to call this the greatest modern tournament. Certainly Gianni Infantino and friends have been energetically congratulating themselves. On the eve of Sundays final the swanky Arbat embankment was buzzing. This is where Fifa based itself for Russia 2018, with an HQ at the Stalin-does-Disney Radisson Royal, the tallest hotel in the world when it opened in 1957, and host these days Jamie Collins Youth jersey to its own fleet of river yachts.
On the strip outside the Royal on Saturday night an armed military escort lounged in its supercharged Mercedes jeep, next to the plain-clothes security in the Cadillac Escalade, just down from the black-out Maybachs, part of a £2m haul of luxury cars lined up waiting for their passengers to eat a pizza.
Inside the Qatar 2022 committee could be seen enjoying a pre-final dinner that looked more like a celebration. Understandably so. Russia 2018, the other half of the late-Blatter two-hander, has been a wonderful success, a World Cup that has both re-geared international footballs juggernaut status and reinforced Fifas authority as keeper of the spectacle.
Around the same time Infantino was across town on stage at the ballet cooing and fawning over Vladimir Putin. This World Cup is changing the perception of Russia, particularly from us in the west. Even the police are smiling! Fifas president gushed, a political statement for which he will now presumably fine himself heavily.
Infantino is right to be bullish though. The World Cup will head to the Gulf looking relevant and purposeful, beneficiary once again of footballs ability to re-energise itself no matter what its governing bodies throw at this great belching circus of global interests.
On the pitch Russia 2018 was beautifully gripping from first to final whistle. The only caveat would be the absence of one or two obviously great national teams, although it is possible this young French squad might change that perception in years to come.
Overall Belgium scored the most goals. Russia committed an astonishing 95 fouls in five matches. Right up to the final weekend Spain had made the most passes despite exiting at the first knockout stage. England led the world on passes backwards. Neymar overcame his constant sufferings to have the most shots, 27 in all. By way of contrast Kylian Mbappé had just six before the final.
At the end of which France were admirable champions, a team culled from the beautifully fecund academy system and http://www.officialseahawkslockerroom.com/...l-thomas-jersey cast in the fanatically team-oriented shape of their coach. It seems likely that in Mbappé France also finessed a little further the outstanding attacking player of the next decade.
Although this wasnt a tournament for stars. Instead the struggles of the World Cups herd of would-be GOATS provided another layer in the daily drama and a refreshing shift away from club footballs cult of personality.
The constant TV close-ups of Lionel Messis Sad Face, his utter bafflement at not being about to rouse a team of lesser talents; the wretched theatricals of Neymar; the inability of the great C-Ron to drag Portugal along under his arm: all of this was a gripping counter-narrative to Germain Ifedi Jersey footballs standard seasonal star fest. cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys
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Ecstatic France players crashed Didier Deschamps press conference after their World Cup victory, chanting his name as they sprayed champagne, water and energy drinks on their coach and assembled journalists.

The players were corralled out of the room before returning a few seconds later, as Deschamps was drying himself off, singing Cest pas fini, dancing and jumping on to the press conference table.
They are completely crazy, those lads, said a grinning, wet Deschamps after the players had left. Theyre young and theyre happy. He had only just changed after being caught in the post-match downpour at the Luzhniki Stadium and was now soaked again. He said that in their post-match discussions he had told his players that life would never be the same for them after winning the trophy.
Professionally, theres nothing above that, said Deschamps, Justin Faulk Youth jersey who won the trophy as a player in 1998. Maybe theyre going to win other titles and I dont want to undermine other titles, but when you are a professional footballer theres nothing above that.
I had an immense privilege to live through this as a player 20 years ago and it was in France, so it will be marked in my memory forever, but what the players did together today is just as beautiful. I have a son who is 22 years old. When we were world champions he was too young to understand and today there are young people who have this happiness to be able to live this event with us.
Antoine Griezmann, who scored Frances second goal from the Justin Hardy Youth jersey penalty spot, paid tribute to the diverse origins of the players in the France team: http://www.authenticbaltimoreoriolesshop.com/Jj-Hardy-Jersey Thats the France we love. They are different origins but we are all united. Its the same in our team; there are many players who come from different horizons but we do have the same state of mind. We all play for the same jersey, for the cockerel and for our country. As soon as you wear the jersey you do everything for each other and its beautiful.
There were some doubts over the decisions for the first two France goals, with the Argentinian referee, Néstor Pitana, awarding a soft free-kick that led to the first and then pointing to the penalty spot after consulting VAR over an Ivan Perisic handball. Griezmann scored the penalty to make the score 2-1.
Croatias manager, Zlatko Dalic, disputed the penalty but refused to blame the decision for the result. In the World Cup final you do not give such a penalty but it in no way diminishes Frances win, he said. I respect the referee. He did what he saw, fair and square With respect to VAR, when it goes in your favour its good, when it doesnt its bad, thats all I have to say.
Griezmann said he pretended he was playing in a less important match to keep his cool while he waited for the referee to decide on the penalty appeal. I just tried to stay calm and concentrate, he said. I just did the same trick I normally do for penalties and its working at http://www.canucksteamproshop.com/Jacob_Markstrom_Jersey the moment.
Dalic said he told his players they should be proud of their achievements in an on-pitch huddle at the end of the match, and he also implored them not to dwell on any supposed injustices. We were dignified in all our victories and we must be dignified in defeat, he said. We have to respect the scoreline.
Dalic Nick Ahmed Youth jersey acknowledged that there was an element of luck in some of Croatias previous results, with the team needing penalties to win their last-16 game with Denmark and quarter-final with Russia.
In the first six http://www.pacersprostore.com/WOMENS-VICTO...IPO-JERSEY.html games we may have been favoured by luck, today not, he said. I have to congratulate my players for the game, maybe the best game we played in this tournament. We controlled the match but we conceded and against such a strong side as France you cant make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what weve done.

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It was the morning of the semi-final. He was walking down the street shouting Come on England! to no one in particular. Sitting on a nearby bench I raised my hand in solidarity. He saw me, turned round and yelled: Its coming home! I hollered the words back at him and we both laughed. At last I had exchanged the greeting of the summer, one both nonsensical and chock full of meaning, with a complete stranger.

It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks back home. There has been lots going on besides the football, which may have heightened the hysteria. But from the point Harry Kane turned home the winner against Tunisia England succumbed to football fever at a level not seen since 1996. The flags came out in earnest, not just from a sense of duty. People chucked sickies and themselves off double-decker buses. Watching the games at outdoor screenings became de rigueur and having a half-dozen pints emptied on your head a rite of passage. The shirts sold out, the memes went wild and Harry Maguires forehead became the most unlikely fetish since Prince Harrys ginger beard.
At the heart of it all were those three words. But there was some ambiguity as to what exactly was coming home. Yes, there was the World Cup itself. There was a little bit in all of us that thought it might happen probably not but might. The phrase was an expression of confidence hedged with irony, an expression recognisably English. It meant other things too, though. It expressed an enthusiasm for the football team, a sign of solidarity. These were players with whom we could identify. It was also a nod to times past and a collective happy memory. It evoked summers gone by or maybe just summer itself. Finally, when stripped out of context, Its coming home was straightforwardly silly. It was just fun to say, like garlic bread? once was, or Nate Solder Authentic Jersey Proper Bo!
A sense of fun was an integral part of Gareth Southgates plan for his England team. It was necessary because this was a team who had got to the point where pulling on the three lions had seemed equivalent to donning a shirt made of lead. To throw off the psychodrama of the past decade the team had to remember what had brought themselves to this point in the first place: their love of the game. It was a good way to start again. Back home we recognised a team enjoying themselves. We also saw that, as a result, they were more committed to each other. We saw it on the pitch but also at the dart board or on social media on the back of a unicorn. They seemed to be http://www.footballcardinalsofficial.com/A...kemdiche-Jersey having a laugh.
This fun had a serious point. It was intended as a building block in a platform for winning football matches. Perhaps half of Englands six matches in Russia saw it bear real fruit. The confidence that came from a team relaxed and united helped us not only to edge past Tunisia but steady ourselves late on against Colombia and quite simply cruise past a Sweden team that had been making things difficult for opponents for years. In the end, against Croatia, enthusiasm and commitment showed their limitations. The team ran out of legs and ideas. They were outfought and out-thought (also outplayed a little) by opponents with greater experience. If England want to improve on this memorable run, they will have to offer more.
As professionals, footballers will ultimately judge themselves by the medals on their mantelpiece (or inside their air-conditioned trophy rooms). It is arguable, however, that the enjoyment English people got from this World Cup was not in any way invalidated by the fact that we did not win it.
Football is a game. That is not to denigrate but celebrate it. A lot of claims were made during the tournament about Englands success, about what it meant or what it might achieve. Most seem a bit of a stretch. One might hope that effective set pieces could bring together the competing sides in a culture war or reunite young with old, but in reality those tensions in our country will have to be resolved by other means. Football cannot bring world peace or resolution to the Jerryd Bayless Authentic Jersey Brexit negotiations however many inspirational, but yet humble, quotations from the England manager are pinned on the wall.
What a game can certainly do, though, is remind us how great it is to have http://www.saintsofficialfootballstore.com...ams-Jersey.html fun. Life is short and much of it is hard. These recent years have been unrelentingly unpleasant. Occasions when you get lost in the moment, when you enjoy only what is around you, are perhaps rarer than they should be. Sport can provide such moments, either through playing or watching. In this World Cup we watched an England team who understood the power of enjoyment and used it to help them achieve an end. For those of us at home and in the Ben Smith Jersey stands, we were reminded enjoyment can also be an end in itself.

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Gary Lineker says he felt like a German on Wednesday evening inside Moscows Luzhniki Stadium as he willed England to reach penalties, so confident was he in their ability to cope with the pressure of a shootout.

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As the clock ticked away at 1-1 against Croatia in the semi-final Lineker hoped they were heading for penalties again. I listened to years of nonsense from really bright footballing people that telling me: Its different when youre out there, it feels different than in practice. Lineker said. Well http://www.authenticmlbgiantsstore.com/Aut...er-Posey-Jersey of course it does but by God it helps if youve hit 50 a day, hitting targets and under pressure. I used to practice all the time as a designated penalty taker but some of the others never did anything.
With 15 minutes to go against Croatia even of normal time I was thinking Id take a penalty shootout now because I fancied us strongly, he adds. Theyre so well drilled, you could see it against Colombia whereas I watched Croatia penalties in two games and they werent that good. Its a really weird feeling as an England fan thinking I hope it goes to penalties but kind of nice. I suddenly felt quite Germanic.
Lineker believes the way this England squad has been primed for penalty shootouts is indicative of the fastidious preparation which led to such a successful tournament, even with a team young in age and lacking international experience.
Some credit has to go the FA in terms of appointing Gareth Southgate eventually and the amount of planning that has gone on from him, Lineker says. He obviously had the backing of the FA to do that. Youth development now in England is as good as anywhere in the world which has taken most of my lifetime to get to but is very positive. Weve been successful in the age group tournaments and teams that do well at youth level generally do well at World Cups. If they keep investing in grassroots, and the money that they might get if Wembley is sold actually goes into grassroots and I know there is a commitment to that I think the future is very bright.
When the Italia 90 team returned after their defeat to West Germany, the closest England had come to a World Cup final since 1966, Lineker was taken aback by how much their run in the tournament had united the country. He recognises a similar mood this summer as Southgates team unexpectedly reached the same stage.
Youre cocooned in a bubble in tournaments although with social media now the players will have a better grasp of what happening back home than in my day, he says. I flew back from Russia to England for a couple of days Dale Hawerchuk Authentic Jersey last week as there was a break in the schedule and even I was being stopped in the street, with people telling me how amazing it was and everyone talking about it.
Theyll be surprised by the adulation at home, he said. That makes you feel a bit better but then every so often youll think: God, we were so close to having a pop at footballing immortality. Some players will never get another chance but a lot of them will, England are just on the cusp of being exceptionally competitive.
I very much doubt the draw will fall as favourably as that again but the good news is next time round well have better players. We have young players like Ryan Sessegnon and Phil Foden and the players from this World Cup will be more experienced and actually still in their prime, possibly for the next two World Cups. wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china
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When England make it to a World Cup in normal times there is never too much need to agonise over the significance of it all beyond the football itself; the coherence of midfield, confidence on the ball, the astonishingly fine margins between progress and exit. But these are abnormal times with the UK divided by the toxic, anti‑immigration Brexit campaign so, understandably, people have agonised.

Looking for optimistic signs, many people have seen a warmer‑hearted version of England being encouraged by the extended exposure to the inclusive values of Gareth Southgate and his diverse, likable group of players. In a tweet just after Englands elimination by Croatia, Kyle Walker channelled the spirit and nearly the exact words of the Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by an English fascist just before the referendum: We might live in a time where sometimes its easier to be negative than positive, or to divide than to unite, but England: lets keep this unity alive. I love you.
We can all hope for a lasting legacy of unity from Englands surprisingly extended and heartening journey to the semi-final, but there is a queue of cautionary notes. The first is that it is not clear whether or how this message particularly communicates itself to the millions of people supporting England, whether in an ecstatic, pint‑chucking city square crowd or at home on the couch with a brew.
For some the participation in Englands squad of 11 sons of immigrants may be absorbed, notable and a source of pride including Southgate himself no doubt, given his comments about wanting to heal the countrys divisions. For others it may not be; Bob Lilly Womens Jersey if England had actually triumphed, perhaps for some the lesson would have been that the country is superior, we can stand alone, that the Brexit decision was somehow vindicated.
The memory lingers of fans at the European Championship just before the 2016 referendum chanting in a French square: Fuck off Europe, were all voting out.
Perhaps there is no unity to the perception of the England team and what it all means; maybe it is split 48%-52%. Maybe not; but if Southgates statement of values and his teams amiability did show the country a better vision for itself, what now?
We have a previous experience of this, the 2012 London Olympics, and the http://www.ottawasenatorsofficialonline.co...-Hoffman-Jersey legacy was not long‑lasting. Then, the whole United Kingdom was treated to the stellar achievements and unrestrained patriotism of a Great Britain team including many black and mixed-race athletes. Few corners of the country were left unaware of Mo Farahs inspiring story, that he came to London as a refugee from war-torn Somalia, and here he was with his cockney accent and smile as bright as a floodlight, running round the track with a gold medal, wrapped in the union jack. Danny Boyles opening ceremony was hailed around the world for its celebration of modern, multicultural Britain, showcasing the NHS and the Windrush Caribbean immigrants who helped to build it.
Now we know too well what happened, despite that summer when the country was being told http://www.officialnhlhockeyonline.com/TOR...-1087_1122.html that old divisions and resentments had been overcome. At the very same time Theresa May, then the home secretary, was implementing her policy to make the UK a hostile environment for illegal immigrants, many of whom are simply asylum seekers, like Farah was, whose claims the Home Office does not accept. We know what the results of that policy scandalously were for so many distinguished members of the Windrush generation whose contribution had been celebrated at the opening ceremony. They have been hounded for impossible proof of their existence in the country, lost jobs, been denied Ben Ijalana Jersey health treatment, detained, deported. May did all this because she believed years in which asylum seekers and immigrants were negatively portrayed in the media meant the public wanted a hostile environment, and perhaps she was right.
The warm vision for Britain presented by Boyle was a memory four years later when the referendum campaign got going. Then the media was dominated not by positive stories of immigrants lives and achievements but relentless caricature and scare headlines, Nigel Farage standing in front of that Leave.EU poster of refugees with its blood-curdling warning: Breaking Point.

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It was coming up for 1am local time when Gareth Southgate walked back out to acknowledge the England supporters inside the Luzhniki Stadium who were refusing to leave until he gave them one more appearance. He waved politely. He dropped his water bottle and applauded back. Briefly he scratched his head and blew out his cheeks a little, as if he could not quite believe they were still there, waiting for him, singing that song again. He waved again. He bowed. But it was unmistakable sadness etched on his face.

Over time, when the pain subsides a little, he will reflect that England have come a long way since Euro 2016 ended with chants informing the players they were not fit to wear the shirt. Englands previous World Cup campaign was wrecked by two defeats in the first week. This one made it to day 28 before the killer blow in extra time of the semi-final. England had scored more goals than the team of 1966 and shattered their reputation as tournament footballs Slapstick XI.
That is progress in anyones language when there are so many wearers of that shirt with entirely different experiences. People may have had a feeling that playing for England was always misery and regret and recrimination, Southgate said. Now, I think, they have seen it can be enjoyable.
At the same time there is a risk here that the tidal wave of goodwill is threatening to submerge a difficult truth: that England were a goal ahead, 25 minutes from a World Cup final, before it all became too much for them. Croatia wore them down with a http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/Larry_Bird_Jersey superior mix of football knowhow, durability and the rare form of competitive courage that had Juraj Vrdoljak, a columnist for Telesport, likening the comeback to an adrenaline-charged man lifting a truck to save his child. But it was still the case that England badly lost their way and, in fairness to the manager, he was willing to accept that fact.
In the dressing room afterwards Southgate told the players everything you would expect about being proud of their achievements, thanking them individually and pointing out the warmth of the England supporters at the final whistle. First, though, he felt compelled to point out what they had to do better in the future. Even in the rawest moments, with many of the players tearful, he wanted them to listen.
Im not sure it was perfect by any means because the whole place was desolate, Southgate reflected, the morning after the night before.
But what I did say was that they have to learn from the moments that matter. There was a period when it looked like [our approach was] we have the lead and dont want to give it away rather than we keep playing. Against the top teams they are the moments in which you continue to play and you keep being brave.
Instead England looked what they were: a team that would give you everything, with some fine players and, indeed, some excellent ones, LaMarcus Aldridge Authentic Jersey but lacking the mentality the elite sides possess when it comes to the biggest occasions. We just lost a bit of composure, Southgate said. It was a http://www.authenticstlouiscardinals.com/Mike-Matheny-Jersey cruel lesson. He maintained eye contact even in the hardest moments of reflection. But he spoke so quietly at times you Artem Anisimov Jersey had to lean in to hear his voice.
If the immaturity of the team cost England, do not be too critical. Or at least remember it was the inexperience and freshness of this group of players that helped make them so attractive in the first place unless you want to go back to those days in May when the nation was bickering about the non-selections of Jack Wilshere and Jonjo Shelvey and it became clear why Southgate had not used his Twitter account since April 2015.
At the next World Cup almost all these players will still be available and, in theory, better for the experience. Jordan Pickford will be 28, approaching the age when goalkeepers are supposed to peak. Marcus Rashford will still be young, at 24, but armed with another four years experience. Raheem Sterling, at 27, should be a more competent finisher than he is now. Harry Kane will be 28, Dele Alli 26, Jesse Lingard 29, John Stones 28, Harry Maguire 29, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 26 and Trent Alexander-Arnold 23. cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china
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Sport makes fools of us all though sometimes in the best of ways. Russia 2018 was supposed to be the first major tournament in Europe I had missed since failing to go to Italia 90, but Gareth Southgate Kyle Van Noy Youth jersey had other ideas.

I was there at Euro 96 when he did not just belt it, son against Germany, as his mother put it, so I have seen England go out on penalties in a tournaments last four. But an odyssey Wesley Walker Youth jersey inspired by one World Cup semi-final will finally lead to another, provided my flights get me to Moscow on time on Wednesday afternoon. There have been some wonderful highs along the way my biggest regrets are the matches I missed yet it has undeniably been a torturous wait.
Logically, given 1990 was the first tournament summer of my life not dominated by exams, I should have been at Italia 90. My first England game had been five years earlier, seeing Gary Lineker scoring his first international goal against the Republic of Ireland. Several of those exams I had sat had been in Italian, too. Then a work opportunity arose that made staying in London the smart option; though it proved that way professionally, when Bobby Robsons side went all the way to Turin, as an England fan smart left me smarting. I was not going to be caught out again.
Two years later, therefore, I was in Stockholm when David Platt finally scored our first goal of Euro 92, and 1-0 up at half-time we were on the verge of another semi-final. OK, so enduring the 0-0s in Malmö against Denmark and France had been painful, but now Graham Taylors team were back on track. Sweden and Tomas Brolin staged a derailment, however, and away from home, at least, it proved to be the start of a trend, not a http://www.authenticmilwaukeebrewersshop.c...Gallardo-Jersey blip.
Worse was to follow I finally went to a World Cup at USA 94 but without a team to support before my generations second summer of hope and wonder, at home in 1996. By then it was not purely about my compatriots. Five non-England games at Euro 92, capped by Denmarks final upset of Germany, had given me the tournament bug, confirmed by USA 94.
Seeing 12 matches in a home finals, at six of the eight venues, remains a treasured experience and one commemorated at least twice daily via a Newcastle Euro 96 keyring. Yet the vivid memories of Englands post-hitting, penalty‑missing exit would be the only ones of a semi-final to sustain me for two more decades.
The last memory of Wednesday 26 June 1996 of the long, silent trudge to Wembley Park tube station and being aggressively threatened for trying to look for a silver lining is sadly redolent of what followed far too often, given the behaviour of some of the teams followers. In Marseille in 1998 there was the sting of teargas; Euro 2000 was as pathetic off the pitch as it was on it, such as the moment I overheard one Brummie telling a Belgian barman matter-of-factly: If wasnt for the English youd be a Kraut. If you follow England because you love football and the team rather than because you hate other countries, you do find yourself doing an awful lot of apologising on behalf of others; on occasion, the desire to show that not all England fans are obsessed with the second world war and Northern Ireland becomes a justification for putting up with it all.
It all includes successive quarter-final penalty shootout defeats to Portugal, at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup; watching Italy lose a quarter-final shootout to Spain at Euro 2008 (because I go even if England dont) then seeing the Azzurri win one four years later, against Roy Hodgsons side in Kiev. Then theres having to skip the group stages in 2010 and the team coming close to elimination even before I arrived in South Africa, just in time for a 4-1 http://www.officialnewjerseydevils.com/Adi...edgewood-Jersey defeat by Germany, complete with Frank Lampards technology-inspiring disallowed goal.
I wasnt there all the time. In 2001‑02 my employers were imploding and I feared for my job so did not go to South Korea and Japan; I found out that, yes, I was going to be made redundant one hour after we lost in the quarter-final to Brazil. Brazil 2014 was domestically impossible. Two years ago, though, I was in Nice for the easiest last-16 game anyone could have asked for. I still have my unused vouchers to collect my tickets for Englands Euro 2016 quarter-final, semi-final, final

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Belgian TV had a camera on Roberto Martínez during the quarter-final epic against Brazil and it showed a manager at fever pitch. The adrenaline coursed his system as he tried to coach his players through the game, having made radical tactical changes. Hopefully, I will be calmer against France, Martínez had said with a smile on Monday.

The Spaniard was calmer but this was not what he had in mind. On the biggest night of his managerial career and in what was only Belgiums second World Cup semi-final, there was a strange absence of tempo; a lack of the cut and thrust that has marked his team out as the great entertainers of the tournament.
Martínezs switch to 4-3-3 and a false 9 had thrown Brazil, paving the way for a glorious triumph, but little came off for him here, although it was not for the want of trying. Martínez tried everything, interchanging from one system to another and throwing on attacking substitutes. The attempt to categorise his formations was a prominent subplot. After an encouraging start, his team faded. He could not get the traction. The final action was not there.
This was Belgiums big opportunity; the moment to make history by reaching a first World Cup final. For many years the squad have been tracked by talk of a golden generation and several members of Martínezs squad had made it plain that they were here to lift the trophy. Nothing else. But in the David Justice Womens Jersey end, they were stifled and the manager did not have the answers.
The overall impression was of a defeat against more streetwise opposition. Belgium had lost meekly against Argentina at the last World Cup then blew up against Wales at Euro 2016. This exit hurt more because they were older and wiser. For the first time in 25 matches, they had tasted defeat. It will take some time to get over.
It has been easy to portray Martínez as a gambler, a manager who raises the stakes through moves at one end of the field and one end only, and a single detail summed it up. In his 23-man squad he had only one specialist full-back Thomas Meunier, and the Paris Saint‑Germain player was suspended here. The loss of one player, albeit a key one, was sufficient to prompt a case of square pegs and round holes.
Until kick-off, nobody could say for sure how Belgium would line up, with the Fifa feed saying that Kevin De Bruyne would start at left wing-back. That was never going to happen. What Martínez did do was play Nacer Chadli at right-back and Jan Vertonghen at left-back in other words, away from their natural positions.
Martínez started http://www.cardinalsofficialonlinestores.c...j_Nelson_Jersey with a back four as he had done against Brazil, which was a diversion from type. Before Brazil, he had placed his faith in a three‑man defence. France were settled and consistent whereas Belgium seemed edgy, unpredictable.
Martínezs approach was incredibly fluid. Who would have seen Marouane Fellaini as the No 10? That was where he started, although he worked to the left of centre and dropped back when France had the ball. When Chadli pushed forward, it looked as though Belgium had a back three. De Willie Stargell Womens Jersey Bruyne, starting off the right his third different role in three games had the licence to drift inside; all the way over to the other flank at times. It was total Martínez.
M artínez and Belgium sought to make the game; to press on to the front foot whereas France sat deep, looking to exploit the electric pace and movement of Kylian Mbappé. It was strange to note the sluggishness of the tempo for long spells and the flatness of the atmosphere. It was not how Martínez wanted it.
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The last time England had this kind of rare opportunity Bobby Robson was being driven to the point of distraction by the footballer whom Gianni Agnelli, the president of Juventus, described during that run to the 1990 World Cup semi-finals as a dog of war with the face of a child.

Paul Gascoigne had, among other episodes, contributed to Bryan Robsons absence because of a drunken prank in which a bed landed on the captains toe (achilles trouble, was the official line). Gascoigne broke curfews as a habit, spooked Bobby Robson into thinking he had fallen off a balcony and come to an arrangement with the hotel barman that, when he ordered a milkshake, it was in fact Baileys.
But most of all he had played football beautifully. You do realise youll be playing against the best midfielder in the world? his manager asked him before that famous night in Turin. No, Gazza replied, he is. Then the game started and he made a point of nutmegging Lothar Matthäus, captain of West Germany.
Did you see Dele Alli this week reminiscing about the time he did the same to Luka Modric? Perhaps you thought he sounded a little overconfident to be talking of such a thing. But it was actually quite reassuring, from an English perspective, to be in Allis company and see, close-up, how confident he was at a time when this bunch of players, more than ever, need to show they have moved on since the days when Fabio Capello said the England shirt weighed heavily on their shoulders.
Already that process is well under way and Gareth Southgate gives the impression he has freed himself of some of his own demons. One story he told after his teams arrival in Moscow related to how, for more than 20 years, Tyler Johnson Womens Jersey he could barely bring himself to listen to Three Lions because it brought back painful memories of his missed penalty in the Euro 96 semi-final. I would just walk out of the room, he said. It is an anthem and it has followed the team for a long time but that has involved some difficult moments as well.
That song has formed the soundtrack to Englands World Cup and the Lightning Seeds will even perform it in Hyde Park before the game. It is nice to be able to put a different frame on it, Southgate, a U2 man usually, said. I still look back on it [Euro 96] as an incredible life experience. I just needed a bit of time to get over it. I dont choose to stick it on and its not on the playlist, but I can listen to it now.
Two more wins for England and Southgate might even catch himself humming a tune he used to hate. And, once again, it was remarkable how relaxed everyone inside the England camp appeared to be. For those of us who have travelled with this team around Russia from day one, and not detected even a flicker of apprehension, it has been like that since the start. Heck, they even began their latest training session with a game of catch, using a rubber chicken rather than a ball. A bit Kyle Van Noy Womens Jersey of fun to get them moving, Southgate explained.
The serious business takes place in the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday to find out whether his players will be returning to Moscow on Sunday for the day of their lives.
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While the country goes into overdrive http://www.officialchicagoblackhawks.com/A...Schmaltz-Jersey preparing Y.A. Tittle Womens Jersey for Englands first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, the mood at the teams base camp in Repino, a coastal town outside St Petersburg, was calm and focused, with few obvious signs that football fever has taken hold among the locals.

In the wooded parkland opposite the team hotel children played on a climbing frame while an elderly couple strolled arm in arm. The only evidence that anything was different from a normal mild summer afternoon in this resort on the Gulf of Finland was the high security around the ForRest Mix hotel which has been on lockdown since England arrived.
Armed police were stationed at various points around the pine forest, with a patrol car at the main entrance to the country club. A minibus carrying several camouflage-wearing soldiers was parked a couple of hundred metres down the road, as it has been for the past month.
They may have expected this particular assignment would be over by now but have remained in position as England have unexpectedly marched through the draw, the soldiers crowding round a smartphone to watch Russias World Cup games until the teams penalty shootout exit on Saturday.
England will leave here on Tuesday around midday and travel by chartered plane to Moscow bound for a semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium against Croatia on Wednesday evening. It is the first time England have still been in the tournament at this stage since Italia 90 and the defender Kyle Walker admitted it was the biggest chance England have had to win the World Cup since 1966.
I think its the best opportunity that Englands ever had, and probably might ever have, he said, because no disrespect to Croatia but the other side of the http://www.footballsteelersofficialstore.c...llo-Jersey.html draw was a lot more difficult.
The Repino beachfront, separated from Englands hotel by a main road, has the atmosphere of faded glory, with a few restaurants including the popular Stroganoff Bar & Grill but certainly not the high-end establishments Premier League footballers are accustomed to. Past campaigns at major tournaments have seen England stay in upmarket hotels or glamorous resorts but the manager Gareth Southgate deliberately opted for a quiet location with few distractions.
The comedian Frankie Boyle, in his documentary Frankie Goes to Russia released before the World Cup, suggested Three Lions mania could overtake sleepy Repino. There is little evidence of that. The chaotic corner shop closest to Englands hotel was selling kitchen knives, womens underwear and frisbees but no World Cup paraphernalia. There is no bunting in the cafes or at the supermarket which several members of the team have visited on rest days.
On Monday the 23-strong squad completed a full training session a 10-minute drive away at their camp in Zelenogorsk, which was renovated by the Football Association and will be handed back to the local community after England leave.
Afterwards five members of the squad Ashley Young, Eric Dier, Walker, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were bussed to the nearby Cronwell Park hotel to talk to the media. As part of a Skal Labissiere Womens Jersey new strategy after Englands disastrous Euro 2016 campaign where they crashed out with defeat to Iceland, players have been encouraged to be more open with journalists.
The media centre at Cronwell Park has been transformed into a social club, albeit one that smells slightly of cigarettes as Walker pointed out on Monday. There is a pool table, bowling alley and a darts board where players have taken on the media in a rolling tournament. Sitting on a sofa bedecked with St Georges flag cushions Alli spoke about how Southgate has overseen a change in culture since that loss to Iceland.

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Dejan Lovren replied in the only way he could in the circumstances. Asked whether he was looking forward to playing against Harry Kane in Wednesdays World Cup semi-final, the Croatia defender said: He deserves every credit he gets. The last few seasons he has always scored more than 25 goals. He is one of the best strikers in the world but I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I am one of the best defenders.

Rewind to 22 October, on an autumnal Sunday afternoon at Wembley, and there are 31 minutes on the clock. Lovren glances across to the technical area and sees that it his number being held up. on Liverpools substitutes board. Kane has already got away from Lovren twice, running in behind to score Tottenhams first goal and leaving the defender in his wake again to set up a second. Lovren looked lost and totally http://www.officialhockeyknights.com/Paul-...n-Jersey-Adidas disoriented. Ambling about like a man recently winched up off http://www.jacksonvillejaguars.us.com/WOME...RCH-JERSEY.html the anaesthetists table, Barney Ronay wrote in these pages .

It was uncomfortable to watch at times. Lovren had strayed into that territory where a player becomes a danger to his own team and Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, knew that he had to act. His words after the match felt just as damning as the decision to sub Lovren so early. If I am involved in this situation on the pitch, then Harry cannot get the ball, the Liverpool manager said. It wouldnt happen if I was on the pitch but I am in the middle of the technical area in trainers. Each job is clear but we couldnt do it.
Lovren is clearly a better footballer than he showed that day and although his time at Anfield has been far from straightforward, by the end of http://www.authenticdodgersstore.com/Authe...att-Kemp-Jersey the season it seemed as though the balance had tipped Keenan Allen Womens Jersey to the point that the good outweighed the bad. Even his biggest critics at Anfield would acknowledge he enjoyed an impressive Champions League campaign, forming a fine centre-back partnership with Virgil van Dijk.
Either way Lovren has learned to live with the flak that comes his way. There is a story he tells about his childhood and how, when he was 12 years old, he wrote under the table at his apartment in Croatia: One day I will be one of the best defenders in the world.
People ridiculed him at school, said he could not play like a defender, lacked pace and was one-footed. Lovren, to his credit, used all that negativity as a source of motivation and is entitled to take satisfaction proving so many people wrong. There is no Womens Isaac Seumalo Jersey shortage of self-belief burning within him.
But even now, at the age of 29 doubts persist in Croatia as well as on Merseyside about Lovrens consistency at the highest level and that nagging feeling that even on a good day there could be a blunder round the corner. It feels strange that a player who has spent the past eight years in the top flight in France and England, being transferred for the best part of £35m while moving from Dinamo Zagreb to Southampton to Liverpool, has represented his country 44 times. He has rarely been a mandatory pick for Croatia and if Vedran Corluka, the former Spurs defender, had not been plagued by injuries Lovren might well have begun this World Cup on the bench.
As it happens, Lovren has started every game with the exception of the final group match against Iceland when Croatia were already through to the last 16 and only Luka Modric has played more minutes than him here. Not only that but Lovren has acquitted himself well. He has made more clearances and blocks than any other Croatia player, and only Ivan Rakitic and Modric have racked Womens Texas Rangers Jersey up more passes.
Yet, steady as Lovren has looked at this World Cup, it would be understandable in the context of his battles with Kane last season the striker also scored at Mike Ditka Youth jersey Anfield in the corresponding fixture http://www.artsneed.com/sports/nfl-jerseys...-bay-buccaneers if there were some concerns at the back of the defenders mind about coming up against a player who is currently leading the race for the Golden Boot. wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys
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The tone was set before England had kicked a ball in Russia. When Robbie Williams flashed an obscene gesture at the camera during the opening ceremony, Kyle Walker was on to Twitter, teasing teammate and friend Dele Alli over the latters suspension for making a similar gesture during a World Cup qualifier.

And by the time England had defeated Colombia after the once-dreaded penalty shootout, there was no doubt that the England squad had fully embraced the memes and social media jokes surrounding their campaign. Jesse Lingard posted a picture of himself on the pitch in Moscow, phone clutched to his ear, with a caption playing on the lyric of Three Lions, saying No mum, Im not coming home. Its...

Lingard followed that up after victory over Sweden with a brief video clip of him embracing his mum at the Samara Arena, saying Because I said we aint going home, she came here.
Just as performances on the pitch have been a cut above, the teams Virgil Green Jersey social media presence has been a step up from the stilted approach of previous tournaments. Many of Englands World Cup squad have benefitted from training provided by the FA. Consultant Sue Llewelyn gave many of them social media training when they were part of Englands U17, U19 and U21 set-ups.
I was really impressed with what they were like as people, she says. Im not a huge football fan or wasnt and I thought maybe they are going to be http://www.49ersshopfootballonline.com/Ari...ead-Jersey.html awful lads, but they werent at all. All of them http://www.footballgiantsproshop.com/Odell-Beckham-Jr-Jersey were absolutely charming, and really nice about their mums, talking about being humble. I honestly came away saying I was so impressed with these young guys, its a very good group of people. Obviously I think having the manager they have definitely helps a lot too.
With the training, Llewelyn says the FA wanted players to be aware not just of what you can get wrong but also how you can be much more proactive and interactive and build up your team. There is a lot of emphasis on being vocal about the http://www.hornetsprostore.com/Glen_Rice_Jersey positive sides of the game and praising team-mates in public. After that dramatic first World Cup penalty shootout win for England, Marcus Rashford tweeted at goalkeeper Jordan Pickford that the result was never in doubt.
Naturally part of the training for elite athletes is about what not to do. Llewelyn, a former BBC journalist and co-founder of the agency Ultra Social, has also trained Team GB athletes before Olympic games, but says that for footballers the biggest risk with their social media profiles is posting Barclay Goodrow Jersey stupid banter.
You can have a joke with somebody with the banter being incredibly rude, she explains. But talking to your mates is different because you can see their faces, you can see the body language, but online you cant.
Part of the training involved looking back through players timelines to spot where maybe they had posted in their younger days about being drunk demonstrating to them that everything they post is going to be permanent and public. Llewelyn also warns elite athletes about the dangers of online intimacy, reminding them that you do not really know who Michal Neuvirth Jersey you might be sending that picture to it could be a journalist.
Dealing with abuse is a key component. Llewelyn says that because a lot of the squad are mixed-race or black, racist abuse is especially likely to come their way. Social media training drills in to them that they should not rise to the bait.
While in Russia the squad have been adept at responding to fans in an engaging and positive way. Kyle Walker offered to pay for someone to get a tattoo of Jon Casey Jersey John Stones, after they said they would get one if he scored at the World Cup. Walker also set a trend after being pictured, legs in the air, with cramp while other England players celebrated victory against Colombia. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys
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Gareth Southgate has urged his players to write their own stories by steering England to a first knockout win at the World Cup in 12 years as his team seek to get past Colombia at Spartak Stadium and into the quarter‑finals.

The national manager is acutely aware of Englands wretched record in knockout ties in the Brett Kulak Jersey World Cup, with only Denmark and Ecuador having been beaten since Bobby Robsons side reached the last four in 1990. Yet rather than consider that dismal record as a burden, or be tempted into looking at an apparently favourable draw that would Andre Reed Jersey take England deep into the tournament, the hope is that this young side will be spurred by the chance to eclipse the achievements of previous, more experienced teams.
Southgate has described the game with Colombia, ranked four places below England, as the nations biggest game for a decade.
He added: The point I was making was its been over 10 years since we won a knockout fixture. For this team, its a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have gone before. Theyre relishing that chance. Were viewing the game as one with an opponent we really respect. Theyve got really good players and will have lots of supporters in the stadium. I went to two of their matches in Brazil and it was a real carnival atmosphere.
We have to concentrate on our own football, playing in the Nick Jensen Jersey style we have throughout the tournament, and playing with the same mentality. We have to show the resilience and the freedom weve played with up to this point. I want the players to continue to attack the tournament as we have. That shouldnt change in the knockout stage. We should feel freer, if anything, because these are the sort of matches you want to be involved in. The lads have the chance to write their own stories now.
England are expected to revert to the team who defeated Tunisia in their opening Group G game, with Dele Alli fit after missing the past two games with a thigh strain. Harry Kane, one of eight rested against Belgium, will return to captain the side and will aim to maintain his staggering scoring record wearing the armband, with manager and players alike anxious to avoid being distracted by what could lie ahead after the last 16. Finishing second in their section appears to have opened a more straightforward passage to the semi-finals, but Colombia, who will check on the fitness of James Rodríguez late-on, represent distinctly awkward opposition.
Englands survivors in the England squad from Euro 2016 can recall the humiliation suffered against Iceland. Southgate implied the teams approach in Nice may have been undermined by complacency, with thoughts drifting to a potential quarter-final against France in Paris, and stressed his team would not fall into that trap again. The focus is on Colombia alone.
We focus on the match, on our own performance, and everything will fall into place from there, Southgate said. Maybe the teams who arent here werent as strong this time. That means the ones left have hit a level of performance thats very high. If teams knock out the likes of Germany and Spain, then they have to be respected. We feel were one of those countries with players http://www.officialdallasstars.com/Adidas-Jamie-Benn-Jersey coming through, but we havent discussed anything beyond Colombia.
Were always trying to prepare the team psychologically, get them in the right mindset for every game, if they need a push or to be calmed down, whatever it might be. Thats the art of coaching. Thats what our staff are there to do. What we sense in http://www.officialauthenticgiantstore.com...mer-Jersey.html the group is an excitement; an understanding that its pointless looking beyond this match and that was a trap weve fallen into in the past. You can see how tight all the knockout matches are.
If youd asked me a couple of months ago whether I knew exactly what to expect from my team, Id have been a bit more uncertain. But the more we work with this group of players, the more consistent their performance is. We are a young side, the least experienced in the tournament, but we have some old fogeys as well who can provide the leadership. They are really hungry and want to do well Im confident well see a really good performance.

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Overall there must have been half a dozen occasions when Gareth Southgate was asked whether he could understand the common perception that England had suddenly found themselves in a position whereby they might have a considerably better chance to reach a World Cup final than many people could have anticipated at the start http://www.officialravenslockerroom.com/el....-mosley-jersey of this competition.

Southgate chose his words carefully to make sure he could not be accused of sounding presumptuous or, worse, of saying anything that might inadvertently end up being part of José Pekermans team-talk for Colombia.
He made the point that Marcus Rashford was eight years old on the last occasion England won a knockout tie in a World Cup or any major tournament and everyone knew why he was saying it.
Southgates only lapse came when he talked about Tuesdays encounter being Englands biggest game for 10 years. He meant 12 years because, at the risk of being pedantic, England did not qualify for Euro 2008. But yes, it is the biggest game since England played Portugal in the 2006 World Cup, featuring a red card for Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldos infamous wink and yet more evidence that Vince Biegel Womens Jersey England are not made for penalty shootouts.
Southgate prefers to speak in plain English, not clichés, so he refrained from using the age-old phrase about taking each game as it comes. That, however, was the gist of it. Very sensible, too, when history suggests England should not get too far ahead of themselves. Reminder: there were members of Roy Hodgsons staff punching the air when Iceland scored the last-minute winner against Austria that meant they would be Englands first knockout opponents in Euro 2016.
Southgate did acknowledge that England had found themselves in the better half of the draw, with the possibility of a quarter-final against Sweden or Switzerland to follow and, beyond that, a semi-final against Russia or Croatia and no way of meeting France or Brazil until the final.
Englands base in the pine forests of Repino may be secluded but Southgate is in enough contact with the wider world to http://www.officiallightningproshop.com/Ca...erhaeghe_Jersey understand that the fervour is building back home. I am not surprised, he said. Whenever people say I dont care about international football that tends to be during the season. Then you come to a big tournament and it is not just football fans, it is grandads, it is aunts, everyone, supporting the team. And, for some reason, they like these lads.
His bigger point was that this was not a time to think of any other match apart from the next one. That was a trap weve fallen into in the past, he said. I C.J. Mosley Jersey can see everybody is more excited but we have to think separately, otherwise we just get carried away on the wave of emotion and we would not be thinking clearly about what we have to affect. We have to control the bits we have to control. But we would be foolish to focus on longer into the tournament.
Again it came back to the Iceland game and the mistake many people made of assuming England were set for a quarter-final against France in Paris. Hodgson and his assistant, Ray Lewington, did not even bother going to the Iceland-Austria game to make a personal check their next opponents, preferring instead to spend the day sightseeing and going on a boat journey down the river Seine. Even now, two years on, it seems like a remarkable oversight and listening to Southgate it was clear he felt the attitude of the players was wrong, too.
A few of these players, in the last championships, were in a fixture they thought they should win. Then, once they went behind, they suddenly felt that approach wasnt correct. We wont fall into that trap again, against a really good team. It is one of many games that we have unpicked because it would be silly not to look at previous tournaments and try to identify what we can learn.

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Tite was expounding the need to make good use of his squad players when he landed upon one of his favourite metaphors. The pack needs the wolves, the Brazil manager said, not for the first time at the World Cup. Sometimes you need wolves of different characteristics.

Whether on the pitch or away from it, the scale of Brazils travelling retinue leaves little to chance. To preview Mondays tie against Mexico they presented the assistant manager, Silvinho, and the fitness coach, Fábio Mahseredjian, alongside Tite and his captain Thiago Silva. Mixed in with the noise and clamour of the worlds most insistent media entourage it almost seemed smothering: so many faces, so many voices, a truckload of competing demands and the sense of something far bigger than everyone else present.
Brazil have not consistently inspired that sense of inferiority in the modern era but there is a feeling among players and management that things are falling into place. It certainly did not hurt their cause that, two hours after their brain trust had finished holding court, Spain were the latest of their rivals to fall flat and by then the message had already been put out that the Seleção do not expect much letup from here.
I think our evolution has been impressive since the first match, Thiago said. We are well-prepared and planning to progress to the quarter-finals. The coach provided us with all the necessary tools; we have plan A and plan B. We hope that [Monday] will be a wonderful day, and that Neymar will be as inspired as everyone else.
The latter has, so far, certainly not been a given. In the win over Serbia, comfortably Brazils best performance of the group stage, Neymar operated so obediently that it almost seemed appropriate to reach out and ask whether he was sickening for something. His average performance exceeds his teammates performances but this figure is still not high enough for Neymar, Tite said, pointing out that he needed to play more games before his http://www.officialpiratestore.com/authent...nds-jersey.html recovery from Womens Kevin Hayes Jersey a metatarsal fracture was complete.
Brazil have got by in the meantime, Philippe Coutinho becoming the tournaments most beguiling No 10 and Paulinho among others to step up, and if Tite is given to repetition he would be happy for his team to exhibit a similar trait.
There will be tweaks but overall an expectation that our team continues to play as in the last match, he said of the approach against Mexico, who should be beaten if Brazil can raise things Womens Jacob Larsson Jersey a notch above that http://49ersauthenticofficialstore.com/sha...rsey_c-386.html but have already, in defeating Germany, shown how to punish underperformers.
The only notable absentee will be Marcelo, who departed early against Serbia with a back spasm and will not be risked. Mahseredjian and Tite described, between them, the process for ruling on the left-backs fitness in minute detail but the gist was that the coach did not feel he could play a full game, particularly in heat that is likely to exceed 34C.
The expectation had, after the first set of fixtures in a competition that has given short shrift to confident predictions, been that Germany would provide Brazils opposition in Samara. Germany belongs to the past, you cannot revert to the history, Thiago said in response to that observation; at least the shadow of Belo Horizonte will not be looming now and Brazil can concentrate upon more gettable foes.
Mexico intend to give them a game and their manager, Juan Carlos Osorio, said he will not break from his model of fielding five attacking players. We will try to keep possession of the ball and I believe we can be better at it, he said. Our http://www.avalancheofficialauthenticstore...d_Jersey_Adidas intention is not to stay behind the Amari Cooper Authentic Jersey ball all the time. We dont want to stay very deep; they are very good in the last third and always score.

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Gareth Southgate has conceded his honeymoon period as England manager is over and admitted the decision to rest so many players for the teams final World Cup group game has left him open to criticism should the knockout tie with Colombia be lost.

The England players had accepted Southgates plan to make eight changes for the game against Belgium in Kaliningrad, where they were beaten 1-0, with the manager making a point of taking his captain, Harry Kane, to one side to explain his reasoning. The defeat has actually dropped England into a potentially more favourable side of the draw but, with momentum checked, Colombia represent awkward opponents in Tuesdays last-16 tie in Moscow.

Had England won against Belgium they would have topped the section and faced Japan, ranked 61 in the world, in Rostov on Monday. I think whoever we played we believe were capable of beating [them], said http://www.ravensshopfootballonline.com/Au...my-Smith-Jersey Southgate. And whoever we play, in a one-off game, is capable of beating us. But we had to make a decision Paul Thompson Womens Jersey we felt gave us the best opportunity preparing the whole squad for that game, and thats what we tried to do.
Of James van Riemsdyk Youth jersey course, if we dont win, I understand people would say whatever about the Belgium match as well. But, for me, that was the right thing to do and youve got to take decisions you believe are the right ones.
Maybe I have put more pressure on myself, maybe I havent. That is the least of my concerns. The most important thing for me is that the players are in the best physical condition for the game on Tuesday. I dont think, mentally, we lose anything because they know weve made changes and they know Belgium werent their full team as well.
So, were in to big matches where margins will http://www.officialcalgaryflames.com/Adidas-TJ-Brodie-Jersey be fine and judgment on me will be extremely Grant Hill Womens Jersey harsh. Thats why were here. We want to be in those games. To be trying to win a first knockout game for 12 years is exciting. Weve got the chance to be the team that changes that. Its one of the reasons why we did what we did [against Belgium], to give ourselves the best possible opportunity of doing that. I wasnt so comfortable with the love-in in the buildup to Belgium, to be honest, so its nice that theres a little bit of an edge back.
England have won only two World Cup knockout games since 1990 against Denmark in 2002 and Ecuador in 2006 but Southgate is convinced the decision to grant all but Jordan Pickford, John Stones and, after the break, Harry Maguire, an evening off in Kaliningrad will ensure his first-choice selection are fresh for the tie at the Spartak Stadium. He is expected to revert to the lineup that defeated Tunisia in the opening Group G fixture on Tuesday against Colombia, with Dele Alli fit to return in place of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The manager had spoken to Kane, still the tournaments leading scorer with five goals, to explain the strategy. I felt the need to sit with him but he was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, said Southgate. He totally understood, 100% team first. He said: Look, I know everyone says Justin Coleman Womens Jersey I want the Golden Boot. Of course its something I want to do. But the main thing is getting the http://www.officialseahawkslockerroom.com/...em-green-jersey team through the first knockout. He was excellent on that, showed real leadership and understanding of the big picture.
There is something about tournament strategy thats important. You have to be bold enough to accept that might come with questions at times but, if we believe its the right thing, stand by it. We have seen it in other tournaments with junior teams. When they have had an opportunity to play everyone, they have done.
The harmony of the group is really important. You get players going into training knowing they have played in a World Cup. There is a big difference as a player going home knowing you can say that. No matter how much praise I give them for the way they are training, unless you can get them on the field it doesnt feel the same for a player. wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys
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Iker Casillas lifted the World Cup coated in olive oil. He did from where Thiago Alcântara was sitting anyway. Spain against the Netherlands in Johannesburg in July 2010 is the biggest TV event in the countrys history and among the 15,605,000 people watching when the ball sat up in front of Andrés Iniesta 8,000km away were the countrys under-19s, together in http://www.broncosfootballprosshop.com/Bra...by_Jersey_Cheap the dining room at the Federations Las Rozas HQ north-west of Madrid, where they were preparing for the http://www.officialbruinsprostore.com/jere...-sale-c-31.html European Championship. Thiago remembers it well; he tells it well too. He stops, takes a deep, theatrical breath. Huuuh. The pause, he says. That was the moment.

Both teams were tired. Holland had their chances: we still had the fear from the Arjen Robben chance Iker had saved. There were nerves. Youre thinking: Bloody hell, this is going to penalties. Suddenly, the balls there, and Andrés, and the goalkeeper is there, and everyone freezes. And then it turns out the way it turns out
Total ecstasy, Thiago calls it. Plates fly into the air, food goes up, the olive oil flies, the knives and forks too. It was some party. Shirts off, jumping up and down on the tables. And when the final whistle went, everyone threw themselves into the pool. After the goal, we could barely see the rest of the game because the telly was covered in water and olive oil.
He grins: They passed us the bill for the damage.
That was the second time Thiago had celebrated a World Cup success. In 1994 his dad, Mazinho, won the tournament with Brazil, a mini World Cup sitting atop the television ever since. Thiago was only three but recalls the celebrations. I dont remember the games but I remember my dad arriving in Brazil because all the family was waiting for him. It was huge. Footballs a religion there. Hes loved, idolised. At that age you have no idea Jordan Clarkson Authentic Jersey why people are reacting like that. I remember them being very excited, and I was just happy my dad was home.
I always loved football so much and I knew from a very young age I was going to be a footballer; I used to watch the way they http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/a...eph-jersey.html did everything really closely. I lived with it.
Thiagos father joined Alex Cappa Womens Jersey Celta, bringing the family to Spain, and so, in 2010, he was celebrating again. When we watched the 2010 final I wouldnt say we felt part of the team as such but nor were we just fans. The sensation was that our colleagues had done something that, bloody hell, we want to do that as well. It generates a joy in you and also a desire, a hope that one day it could happen to you.
Eight years on, it really could. Thiago arrived in Russia ready, loaded up with box sets. The midfielder arrived with high hopes and two of his fellow food-throwers from 2010: Rodrigo and Koke.
Koke has been before, in 2014, but this is Thiagos first World Cup; against Morocco he made his first start Lars Eller Womens Jersey at a major tournament. At 27, the outstanding player of his generation, runner-up at that 2010 Euros, an under-17 champion in 2008 and at under-21 level in 2011 and 2013, when he was the player of the tournament, it feels a little late. Yet he has no sense of lost time.
I feel a much more important player now than before but thats also because theres been a generational change. Theres a group of players from the under-21s who are now a big part.
What has not changed is his football, or Spains. That, at least, is the theory. But the start to this World Cup has, for the first time in a decade, brought a debate. Thiago played with Julen Lopetegui in the under-21s and he prefers to pass over all that happened, but the managers sacking and Spains unconvincing progress through Group B have created an uncertainty about their identity. The new manager, Fernando Hierro, asked whether they needed more muscle, then insisted that muscle was not really their thing but the fact the question was even posed was striking. Some are advocating a revolution. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys
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Amid the avalanche of words written for football fans during the World Cup, perhaps the most unusual and original will be those created by childrens author Tom Palmer. Unlike the reporters and pundits who are documenting events in Russia, Palmer has a very particular mission. Throughout the tournament he is posting daily entries of a story called Defenders: Russia, a tale that mixes fact and fiction and is aimed at a group of young people who are classed as reluctant readers.

There is often a strong correlation between reluctant readers and those interested in sporting events like the World Cup, Palmer says. The idea is to draw in readers who might otherwise think that all stories are set 300 years ago and in places they have never been to and will never go to either.

Palmers story, which is set to the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, weaves in the latest developments from the World Cup. So, in the days before Englands game against Tunisia, one of the central characters, Seth, saw the vision of a young boy, Alexei Romanov. The ghostly figure threatened to derail Englands campaign unless Seth could recover the Fabergé egg that Alexeis father, Czar Nicholas II, had given Authentic Justin Schultz Jersey to him. After Romanov appeared as one of the mascots during the national anthems, Seth managed to find the egg at the last minute, and then, lo and behold, Harry Kane scored his winner.
This combination of historical and contemporary material is updated Womens John Simon Jersey every weekday at 7.30am, with the latest instalment made available http://www.giantsfootballofficialonline.co...IL+SIMMS+JERSEY to the thousand or so schools that have signed up to receive the story. Palmer has become practised in the art of mixing fact and fiction on a daily basis, having previously written similar stories about mens and womens major football tournaments and the Rugby World Cup.
The fact that the narrative incorporates developments from the previous nights games in Russia gives the story a real sense of immediacy. The children really enjoy the experience of sitting in a classroom having a story read to them about events that happened less than 12 hours ago. says Palmer. The main objective is to engage young readers and in particular those children who might not enjoy reading or think that fiction is not for them. It makes children who dont like stories look more http://www.authenticwashingtonnationalssho...n-Benoit-Jersey positively at stories and it makes children who dont like football books look at football stories more positively.
The story is aimed at kids between the ages of nine and 13, to encourage them to read and become more involved in the whole process of storytelling. Palmer also adds interactive elements to the lessons. I set writing tasks tied to specific events, he says. So, Ill say to them: England have a match, which they have to win. If you were Gareth Southgate, what three things would you include in that pre-match speech? The children then put themselves in the position of people both on and off the field, so they understand how storytelling works.
The initiative is run in association with the National Literacy Trust, a charity that aims to encourage disadvantaged children to read more. There is much work to do. One in eight disadvantaged children in Womens Earnest Byner Jersey the UK say they do not own a single book; England is ranked 23rd out of Womens Dave Parker Jersey 23 OECD nations for teenage literacy; and only 17% of youngsters write something on a daily basis that is not for school.
The National Literacy Trust believe sport can play a crucial role in raising childrens literacy levels, so they have provided various resources, such as posters, worksheets, quizzes and exercise sheets, to help bring Palmers story to life. Palmer has also sought to involve schoolchildren in how the story will develop. At the end of every week, the children are given the chance to vote on where the narrative should go next.
Although Palmers story will only last a month, anything that captures the attention and imagination of reluctant readers is worthwhile. Hopefully these children will keep on reading. When the tournament reaches its climax in Moscow on 15 July, there will be a http://www.officialauthenticchargerstore.c...est_lamp_jersey group of schoolchildren watching with added interest as they know the action on the pitch will affect the final chapter of their own World Cup story the next morning. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys
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Gareth Southgate has defended his weakened selection against Belgium, and a reluctance to bring Harry Kane off the Tug McGraw Authentic Jersey bench as his side chased an equaliser, by suggesting Englands last-16 fixture against Colombia on Tuesday is the nations biggest game for a decade.

The 1-0 defeat here has checked English momentum, with Kane kicking his http://www.officialpelicansstore.com/Jordan_Crawford_Jersey heels among the substitutes and his lead at the top of the tournaments scoring charts still at one goal, to leave Southgates team confronting an awkward challenge at Spartak Stadium next week. The manager accepted the eight changes to his lineup Belgium made nine had left him open to criticism but insisted all his players bought into a tactic aimed at the bigger picture.
This was a game we wanted to win but the knockout is the biggest game for a decade for us and we had to make sure our key players were preserved, said Southgate, who saw Roy Hodgsons approach heavily scrutinised after he made six changes for the third group game at Euro 2016. You have to look at the bigger picture sometimes and make decisions which, in some quarters, might be criticised. But everyone understands in the dressing room and in the group what were trying to do.
With respect, in the Euros I think we were only ahead for a few minutes of any of the games. Here weve played extremely well. Weve played well in the games leading into and at the tournament, and I dont think weve played poorly at all tonight. We dont like losing and dont want to lose matches, but the primary objective from the evening weve got. And if wed put Harry on for 10 minutes and someone had raked his ankle, that would have been ridiculous. The knockout game is the important one.
Of course we have a responsibility to the supporters, and the support in the stadium was absolutely outstanding tonight. The support and encouragement from home has been brilliant. But when youre a leader and a manager, you have to make decisions which are right for your group to achieve the primary objective. Sometimes those decisions will be criticised. I understand that. But only one person makes that decision with all the full facts and managing a tournament in mind: physically, medically, tactically for the benefit of the group. Im entirely comfortable with the decision. Sometimes you have to make decisions for the bigger picture.
Kane will return against Colombia with Englands first-choice lineup now able to begin their preparations for Colombia, while those who featured here conduct recovery work back in Repino. Southgate allayed any fears that John Stones might have been injured after the defender sat out the second half with heavy strapping on a calf, suggesting the plan had always been to replace him with Harry Maguire at the break.
Both will be available on Tuesday, when England, ranked 12th in the world, will confront a team ranked 16th who have found their feet in the tournament after successive wins. Theyve got some outstanding individuals but I believe its a game we can win, Southgate said. We feel were a team who are improving. We http://www.officialfloridapanthers.com/Adi...Trocheck-Jersey have levels still to reach and work to do, but thats nothing we didnt already know.
Thats not a bad thing. If wed won again tonight, the reality of where we are might not have been in peoples mind. We know where we are. We know how immaculate we have to be to win matches against the best teams, and we have that challenge still to come. Whatever happens next week, the selection against Belgium was the right decision as far as Im concerned. People will say it is only the right decision if we win next week, but were potentially going into a match with extra time having risked players Kyrie Irving Authentic Jersey here we didnt need to risk. wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys
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Gareth Southgate was roughly five minutes into his press conference to preview Englands match against Belgium when the news filtered through that Germany football royalty, as far as the World Cup is concerned had been dethroned and he was asked for his thoughts about a result that could probably encapsulate what is known as schadenfreude in the country that invented the term.

The England managers first reaction was to express his considerable surprise and if, deep down, there was a measure of excitement about the World Cup losing one of the teams that historically leave England with an inferiority complex, he suppressed it well. He was in Russia last summer, he pointed out, to see Joachim Löws team win the Confederations Cup and, two days before that victory, he had flown to Poland to watch Germany beat Spain in the final of the European Under-21 Championship.
Southgate is such an admirer of Germanys national team, indeed he has trawled through hours of tapes to study their secrets, right down to the small details such as how many free‑kicks Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey the four-times world champions concede in their own half (answer: very few). Authentic Marko Dano Jersey Weve learned an enormous amount from studying Germany, not least last summer, and implemented that, the England manager http://www.authenticnikeseahawkshop.com/jo...-sale-c-22.html said. Indirectly, theyve had a big bearing on what were doing now.
Ultimately, though, the prospect of meeting Germany in the quarter‑finals is no more. In sport and in life you have to keep evolving, was Southgates take. Theyve been ahead for about a minute and a half, in total, of their three matches and its unusual to see them struggle as much as they have. But they have played teams who have been tactically very good. They were close to the wire against Sweden and they have not been able to break Korea down. It just shows that any team can be vulnerable.
More than that, Germanys final position as the wooden-spoon team in Group F their worst performance at a major tournament since Franz Beckenbauer accused them of tired, junk football at Euro 2000 validates Southgates views about the practicalities of trying to plot a route through the tournament and why, specifically, his policy all the way along has been that you cant take anything for granted.
Ever since England beat Panama to seal qualification for the knockout stages he has faced questions about whether it would be better to finish as Group G runners-up, the logic being that it would mean avoiding Germany or Brazil in the quarter‑finals.
Yet he has never wavered from his view that the only policy should be to keep winning, keep building momentum and if Belgium are taking a different view, as appears to be the case, let them feel that way. England, in Southgates mind, would be making a dangerous mistake if they started thinking too far ahead of themselves. Weve not won a knockout game since 2006, he said. So, why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really.
The message was clear before a game between two sides who have already qualified with victories from their opening fixtures and have identical goal difference. England are ahead because of the fair-play rules, with only two bookings compared to Belgiums three, and Southgate joked that if I go and headbutt Roberto [Martínez] in the last five minutes the English public would know he was being disingenuous about wanting to win the group.
More likely, he is being true to his word. Harry Kane trained with a first‑team bib in Englands morning session and, as such, is expected to start even though Southgate has given serious consideration to withholding the player whose five goals puts him at the top of the golden boot scoring chart.
Southgate never announces his team officially until an hour before kick-off but he is acutely aware that Kane wants to be involved http://www.officiallightningproshop.com/Ni...Kucherov_Jersey and has had to balance his captains wishes with the possibility Englands first knockout game could take place on Monday, four days after the Belgium game.

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Gareth Southgate was roughly five minutes into his press conference to preview Englands match against Belgium when the news filtered through that Germany football royalty, as far as the World Cup is concerned had been dethroned and he was asked for his thoughts about a result that could probably encapsulate what is known as schadenfreude in the country that invented the term.

The England managers first reaction was to express his considerable surprise and if, deep down, there was a measure of excitement about the World Cup losing one of the teams that historically leave England with an inferiority complex, he suppressed it well. He was in Russia last summer, he pointed out, to see Joachim Löws team win the Confederations Cup and, two days before that victory, he had flown to Poland to watch Germany beat Spain in the final of the European Under-21 Championship.
Southgate is such an admirer of Germanys national team, indeed he has trawled through hours of tapes to study their secrets, right down to the small details such as how many free‑kicks Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey the four-times world champions concede in their own half (answer: very few). Authentic Marko Dano Jersey Weve learned an enormous amount from studying Germany, not least last summer, and implemented that, the England manager http://www.authenticnikeseahawkshop.com/jo...-sale-c-22.html said. Indirectly, theyve had a big bearing on what were doing now.
Ultimately, though, the prospect of meeting Germany in the quarter‑finals is no more. In sport and in life you have to keep evolving, was Southgates take. Theyve been ahead for about a minute and a half, in total, of their three matches and its unusual to see them struggle as much as they have. But they have played teams who have been tactically very good. They were close to the wire against Sweden and they have not been able to break Korea down. It just shows that any team can be vulnerable.
More than that, Germanys final position as the wooden-spoon team in Group F their worst performance at a major tournament since Franz Beckenbauer accused them of tired, junk football at Euro 2000 validates Southgates views about the practicalities of trying to plot a route through the tournament and why, specifically, his policy all the way along has been that you cant take anything for granted.
Ever since England beat Panama to seal qualification for the knockout stages he has faced questions about whether it would be better to finish as Group G runners-up, the logic being that it would mean avoiding Germany or Brazil in the quarter‑finals.
Yet he has never wavered from his view that the only policy should be to keep winning, keep building momentum and if Belgium are taking a different view, as appears to be the case, let them feel that way. England, in Southgates mind, would be making a dangerous mistake if they started thinking too far ahead of themselves. Weve not won a knockout game since 2006, he said. So, why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really.
The message was clear before a game between two sides who have already qualified with victories from their opening fixtures and have identical goal difference. England are ahead because of the fair-play rules, with only two bookings compared to Belgiums three, and Southgate joked that if I go and headbutt Roberto [Martínez] in the last five minutes the English public would know he was being disingenuous about wanting to win the group.
More likely, he is being true to his word. Harry Kane trained with a first‑team bib in Englands morning session and, as such, is expected to start even though Southgate has given serious consideration to withholding the player whose five goals puts him at the top of the golden boot scoring chart.
Southgate never announces his team officially until an hour before kick-off but he is acutely aware that Kane wants to be involved http://www.officiallightningproshop.com/Ni...Kucherov_Jersey and has had to balance his captains wishes with the possibility Englands first knockout game could take place on Monday, four days after the Belgium game.

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