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England team 'like a family now', Kyle Walker says

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Pickford is not the only member of the England squad on whom Alli managed to get one over while he was with MK Dons.

Alli always retained faith in his ability, but admits his rise from the lower leagues to the grandest stage is occasionally hard to comprehend. Belgium, I thought, did great against Brazil - them going out was a great bonus for us.

Before this year's installment, the Vatreni - in the midst of their own "Golden Generation" - had long-failed to replicate 1998's famed generation and shine on the global stage. Hendo (Jordan Henderson) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change.

Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).

"You want to test yourself as much as you can, playing against the best teams and the best players". I don't really ever get nervous anyway.

'They might see everything is going in one direction but when you're younger there's a lot of things that happen and a lot of adversity to overcome'.

Kane scored twice in the opening game against Tunisia, including a last-minute victor, and a hat-trick in the rout of Panama.

I haven't watched England and thought: 'Wow.' In any game. That's the only word I can describe it because we're all a family.

Sterling did produce an encouraging display in the quarter-final win over Sweden and was a constant threat throughout the 2-0 success in Samara.

While France have their own plethora of attacking superstars, it will be defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante who holds the key to victory for Les Bleus.

Yet he was there to head in Jesse Lingard's cross to double the lead, after Harry Maguire's first half opener. If England reach the World Cup Final we're gonna close all our stores in England early at 3pm on Sunday 15th July.

"When you look at it like that, obviously it's great, but more importantly it was about the team", he said.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches when they meet in the semifinals in St. Petersburg.

England seemed to have created a relaxed yet competitive atmosphere at their training base in Repino, and the darts and bowling competitions have continued as much as their on-field progression.