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Dele Alli's long road from muddy lower-league pitches to a World Cup semi-final typifies the journey taken by a surprising number of Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Ironically, Alli says he felt he did better with the less familiar tasks than with his usual forte, making penetrating runs and providing a threat in the box. He has been as electric of a player as you'll find in this World Cup, having scored two goals in this tournament.

So get your kippers and slippers prepped, do your morning (or evening) calisthenics now, and for heaven sakes ring Mum, otherwise you just know she'll ring you during the match. "We had the ball but have to give credit to the way France defended, and we couldn't find that little bit of magic in front of goal". "We're very happy at this moment, but not overly so". That shows how far Tottenham have come.

"As a team we are playing very well".

"It is not until you look at social media and the internet that you realise how big it is", Alli said on Monday. "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us".

"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".

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England last reached the World Cup final in 1966, while their only other semi-final ended in defeat to West Germany 28 years ago.

"He can be risky for us but we are going to try and stop him from playing".

"It is important that we stay like that, keep going and hopefully we achieve something to make it even more special to get to the final and win it".

"(France is) very good defensively, and I think they're playing like the best team in the world right now", said Gobert, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the National Basketball Association. I know he considers them his family, but I am still his mum.

"But equally, we're always looking at how we can hurt them, what are the areas we can exploit in the way they play? When you had the ambition of getting to the final, it's tough individually and collectively to prepare for the next game".

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