Harry Maguire heads England to World Cup semi-final

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                    Emma Strawford

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He spoke of a squad of players who will do anything for each other and who want to work and to learn.

England trained in Repino on Friday morning before flying to Samara in preparation for their quarter-final meeting with Sweden.

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Right-back Trippier only made his Premier League debut at the age of 23 and did not make his England bow until June a year ago - in a friendly defeat by France. After making over 100 appearances for the Blades, he would move to Hull City and since then he has signed for Leicester City.

Their valiant efforts in Russian Federation have seen thousands hit the pubs and clubs to support their boys from back home, with venues in Brighton regularly filling up when the Three Lions have played.

On comparisons with the England great's crossing, he said: "Loads of people have been saying that but I'm nowhere near Beckham's qualities".

"There will be excitement, we just hope it doesn't go to a penalty shootout again like the Colombia match".

'It was my first worldwide goal on the biggest stage of them all, ' he said. "If I thought I'd be in this position I'd be dreaming".

Maguire came through the youth set-up at his hometown Sheffield United, playing in League One until 2013-14.

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"It'll go on my mantelpiece!" All the saves I make in training are for showcasing them on a match day.

British Airways, which has seen a 700 percent increase in searches for flights to Russian Federation on its website since England's penalty shootout win over Colombia this week, said on Saturday it would be releasing hundreds more seats on Moscow flights.

His performance on debut against Lithuania, the final game of England's World Cup qualifying campaign, was a modest one but Southgate gently pushed him to aim higher.

"If we were to be picky, a legitimate argument could be made that England will need to play with more finesse if they are to harbour serious ambitions of winning this competition".

To which Maguire simply replied with two laughing emojis. "I embrace the moment".

While another added: 'This guy is my hero'. "This is what football is about, being on the big stage", the 24-year-old said in the post-match press conference. That's why I got a clean sheet tonight.

Southgate pointed to England's lack of world-class players, something he attributed to the scarcity of opportunity at the cashed up local clubs who can take their pick of the world's elite young talent.

England is through to the World Cup semifinal after a 2-0 victory over Sweden.

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