England star marvels at journey from MK Dons to Moscow

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       Dele Alli believes this England squad is bringing the country together as they chase World Cup glory in Russia

0:34 Dele Alli believes this England squad is bringing the country together as they chase World Cup glory in Russia

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If France manage to win their second World Cup title in 20 years, Deschamps would be added as the third individual in the elite list.

Not in a long time has there been so much support for an England team at a major tournament and clearly the players are thriving from that. "I felt like it was one of those games", said Alli, who was guilty of some wayward passes in the first 45 minutes of the Sweden match. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.

Umtiti was also looking to exorcise the ghosts of Euro 2016.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the team to the World Cup final on Monday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn't be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal.

Samuel Umtiti's header was enough to secure France's place in their first World Cup final since 2006, however Antoine Griezmann has remained clear that the team aren't complacent ahead of facing England or Croatia.

"It is a childhood dream - we are proud to share it with all of our friends, and the French people", the Chelsea man told TF1.

"When I went to get changed at the hotel, I'd forgotten my socks".

Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, via a treacherous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels in darkness.

N'Golo Kante spoke of his "immense joy" and "pride" at the feat and promised to give everything in the Moscow final. We would reach the final. We all get on really well and we don't take anything for granted.

The Tottenham defender did however start England's last group game against Belgium, and could feature from the bench against Croatia, as he did against Colombia in the last 16 match. "We have seen the reaction to the squad and it has been unbelievable and we hopefully have many more great memories to come".

"As it happens in any big tournament, we need to look at the younger generation and try to become stronger from tournament to tournament". It's always nice to score, but, more importantly we're through to the next round.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces. We worked hard defensively.

England's matches so far in Russian Federation have attracted huge television audiences at home and wild celebrations, with affable coach Gareth Southgate and his vibrant young squad capturing the hearts of a nation.