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A young, inexperienced Three Lions outfit have reached a semi-final with Croatia despite modest expectations and Hurst has added to the praise Southgate has received for their run in Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, England's 1966 World Cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst believes Southgate's young team can match the achievement of Sir Alf Ramsey's men and go all the way in Russian Federation.

Dele Alli has not suffered any recurrence of his thigh problem but Southgate compared the dressing room after Tuesday's match to a scene from M.A.S.H and the England manager knows from experience that, at this stage of the competition, there is a danger of players declaring themselves fit when they are patently not.

The players have seen the videos of fans wildly celebrating their quarter-final victory over Sweden and are aware of the mood in England but Dier says their eyes are fixed on their next task. "How they're still held and revered".

"(It was) at the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.

Swedish great Ibrahimovic who now plays in the U.S., challenged the former England captain on Friday to a wager on the outcome of Saturdays England v Sweden game.

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"Our camaraderie was excellent", he said.

"They've been incredible", said the former Burnley ace.

"We weren't aware of everything going on in the country as we were kept in a bubble", said Hurst, who added that none of the other teams still in Russian Federation should frighten England. So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud.

"I don't think we have succeeded yet - success is hard to define but in my eyes and I think in everyone else's eyes back at the (team) hotel I think this isn't a success yet", Dier told reporters today after the team's training session.

"The only time we went out was after the first game against Uruguay when we drew 0-0, which wasn't a good start".

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