England boss Gareth Southgate insists there is more to come


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England boss Gareth Southgate insists his side can still improve after they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

The Three Lions cruised past Sweden on Saturday with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli securing a 2-0 win in Samara.

England controlled the majority of the game and punished Sweden either side of half time.

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was left frustrated on occasions in front of goal but Everton star Jordan Pickford was in fine form as he made several crucial saves in the second half.

Southgate’s men will now take on Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday night and the former Middlesbrough coach is adamant his team have yet to reach their peak.

He told reporters: “We are a team that are still improving, we know where we are and we are having success because everybody is working hard on the field.

“The collective has been key, all of the support staff, all of the players have been tight.

To get through the two games we had this week, we needed all of that because we’re not the finished article.

“I’m so, so proud of what all of the players and all of the staff have done because we’ve got to this point because the collective has been so strong.”

England are now just two games away from winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966 and they are 3.50 to lift the trophy.

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