Five things we learned from World Cup pre quarters

Five things we learned from World Cup pre quarters

Five things we learned from World Cup pre quarters

"I remember at a previous World Cup, one patient of mine had suffered a heart attack while watching an England match but put off calling 999 until the game had finished".

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. A loss against Iceland was the most embarrassing of all their many embarrassments over the years as they crashed out of the Euros. "I think they have the quality".

Harry Kane has undoubtedly been England's star this World Cup.

Maradona infamously knocked out England at the 1986 World Cup with his "Hand of God" goal - one of the most controversial act in the tournament's history. Romelu Lukaku presents something different and Belgium's two wide players - Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens - offer more than Mexico's Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela.

Kane has yet to be given the chance to run into space and onto a killer pass from a teammate but, as England go deeper into the tournament, they can not rely on set-pieces to continue to bail them out. They play in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

Their run to the last eight for the first time since 1994 has been built on three clean sheets in four games, but while hard to break down, they lack a potent force up front.

You can't help but think this would be a very different side with Allardyce as manager and England are better for it.

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Paulinho, who makes those surging runs through the centre, was forced to be in line with Casemiro, who sits ahead of the defence. It's rare to see a manager take his assistant to press conferences with him but Tite would rather be effective than traditional.

Kitt said he felt guilty about celebrating in front of his wife, but the couple say they are now looking forward to supporting England on Saturday.

Although this feisty encounter was the most bad-tempered so far at Russian Federation 2018, it was also a night when England demonstrated the progress that has been made in recent years.

"I love England so I'm happy deep down".

I was co-commentating on that game and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic went missing. The Croats were one of only two teams to win all their group games but needed a penalty shootout to overcome Denmark on Sunday.

"It'll give us huge belief", Kane said of the victory in a knockout round at the World Cup after two wins out of three in the group stage, and of coming through the shootout 4-3 after Colombia failed twice from the spot and England only once.

If I am right, then France will play Brazil in the semi-finals and England will play Croatia, which would not be too shabby a line-up.

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