Jamie Vardy sends Gareth Southgate update ahead of World Cup semi-final

Rex Christensen
July 10, 2018

World Cup fever is sweeping the nation - and Danny McLaughlin has found himself at the centre of attention thanks to his wonderful resemblance to star player Harry Kane. Maybe we thought they had everything under control but no, it is not that simple.

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in the British parliament, revealed he was backing eliminated Peru due to their hospitality during a recently friendly match, but pledged to offer his "hearty congratulations" to England if they win the World Cup.

And there were growing concerns about whether or not he would be fit enough to be ready in time for Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.

I wanted England to be decisive and assertive in your quarter-final against Sweden, and the same goes against Croatia, although they are a very different team.

"We did have a north v south game at The Grove - what I can remember is we had a dodgy ref who was southern in Steve (Holland), which didn't help the northerners", the Sheffield-born defender told Sky News Radio.

The company said it was "aware" of the incident and congratulated England on its win. There is an abundance of attacking talent on show - insane pace in Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku; guile in Kevin de Bruyne and Antoine Griezmann.

I can definitely see similarities with this England team, and the connection they have made with your public, and not just because they are a similar age.

I genuinely don't think they'll fail the test.

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On the memes and celebrations: "I think a lot of the guys, like me, they've switched off to it". They've lined up in weird formations to confuse their markers - like against Colombia in the round of 16 where four players stood in a row before splintering off.

"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue, through a tournament that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".

Any mention of England's World Cup victory in 1966 sets many Scots' teeth on edge.

He added: "Hopefully we had a long month together, which we have done".

A 2-0 victory over Malta in October, 2016 got Southgate's reign as Sam Allardyce's successor off to the flawless start and he's since managed to guide the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final.

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