Gareth Southgate: England are going to get better


He may be small in stature, but Jordan Pickford is making a big name for himself at the World Cup as the Everton goalkeeper produced three stunning saves against Sweden to help England reach the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years. We've got super support, and I'm surrounded by good people in every department.

Substitute Dier was relieved to see his penalty squirm past David Ospina, after missing a great chance to seal a last-eight spot in extra time.

He said on Sky Sports: "The Croatia game is going to be difficult, I think it's going to be our hardest test, but when you look at both teams, for me, England have got a lot more than what Croatia have got".

"Pickford for me is. a prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be".

"I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear, because I would never mock the height of a goalkeeper".

Pickford left Samara Stadium on Saturday with a heavily bandaged left hand, a glass vase to commemorate a player-of-the-match performance in England's World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden and with his new-found status as the pride of a nation.

Inside the arena, the lowest number of England fans since the Tunisia game - officially numbering 2,225 - were drowned out by their rivals until after the game, when the players went over to take selfies and share the special moment with them.

The Three Lions broke with tradition on Tuesday to seal progress from the last 16 at the expense of Colombia on penalties after a hard-fought 1-1 draw over 120 minutes was followed by a remarkable shootout triumph.

"As long as you are set and in the right position, you give yourself the best opportunity", he said.

He added: "I think it's an advantage for us that their game went all the way to a penalty shoot-out. We are enjoying it and we've got keep doing what we are doing and make the country proud".

"The more games you play the better you become".

England are now joint second favourites alongside France to win the tournament at just 4/1, according bookmakers Ladbrokes.