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England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday

Saint Petersburg, Jul 13 England manager Gareth Southgate hopes his team can ride the momentum generated by their run to the World Cup semi-finals and follow the path Germany took to the top of global football.

The Three Lions manager has led with passion, pride and personality throughout England's revelatory run to the final four but admits it has been hard to bounce back from Wednesday's extra-time defeat in Moscow.

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

"Maybe England or the English media did not show enough respect to the Croatian national team, which we deserved, especially when you look at the clubs our players play for".

"It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it".

"In terms of mentality, it's obviously been a really hard couple of days for us", said Southgate.

"We've always had targets and we've achieved them but we wanted to go the whole way".

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Regardless of the result, England have already had a far more successful tournament than anyone saw coming and managed to unite the country behind the team for, arguably, the first time in decades.

"I think he'll play more of the fringe players so it'll be interesting to see who's in the line-up".

"It won't be exactly the same starting XI, but we want ideally to make as few changes as possible".

Number 10 is to discuss the move with the FA after Theresa May heaped praise on England manager Gareth Southgate after the team's thrilling World Cup run.

Pre-tournament preparation was spot on: "We chose to play friendlies against teams who would be at the World Cup and that was a great lesson for us".

"But we have high motivation to perform".

"Olivier has done a lot for the team", Matuidi said.

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"The reality is that none of us know if that's as good as it gets", Southgate answered. We'll be well prepared because this is a one in a lifetime opportunity.

It would be a momentous achievement for captain Kane, albeit scant consolation after falling short of the World Cup final.

"We felt the best way to be successful in this tournament was to play that system.

It would be more powerful for him to win the Golden Boot having made that sacrifice".

The squad went through a very light session in Moscow this afternoon where the players mainly stretched and worked some simple drills.

"Of course it's going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

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