Southgate hits back at claim England squad are 'spoilt'

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

Gareth Southgate bristled at Swedish suggestions that England are a "team of entitlement" as his group of fighters and grafters prepare to grab their chance of a lifetime. "This is what football is about, being on the big stage", the 24-year-old said in the post-match press conference.

It's a bit odd in our opinion, like, there's nothing like leaving the boozer and nipping down to your local IKEA after you win a match to jump on some beds.

England are through to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in almost three decades after a triumphant 2-0 win over Sweden.

David Beckham cheekily reminded Zlatan Ibrahimovic of his obligation to wear an England shirt at Wembley after the Swede lost their World Cup bet. "I thought the mentality and the spirit they showed in the last game [against Colombia] was fantastic". To get through the two games we had this week, we needed all of that because we're not the finished article.

"They can give hope to them and, like I said the other day, we're not a team where we just turn up and we're waltzing around strolling around and we've got an entitlement".

"If we were to be picky, a legitimate argument could be made that England will need to play with more finesse if they are to harbour serious ambitions of winning this competition".

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Harry Maguire's powerful header sent the Three Lions on their way 30 minutes into the contest as Gareth Southgate's side once again exposed the opposition from a set piece.

No one represents the transformation of the England team and their reconnection with the nation better than Harry Maguire.

"Always nice to score, especially on occasions like this". They think they are so good, they are not.

"I'm so, so proud of what all of the players and all of the staff have done because we've got to this point because the collective has been so strong".

"We are really tight, we've built that". I am so pleased that they can see (that).

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