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England World Cup heroics can inspire future generations - Eric Dier

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli and key saves from Jordan Pickford saw England defeat Sweden to reach their first World Cup semifinal since 1990.
England's World Cup dream continues on, while Croatia broke Russian hearts in the penalty shootout.
With Croatia and England set to meet in the World Cup semifinals, the FC crew explain why the Three Lions will likely prove too much for Croatia.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson examines the keys to England's quarterfinal win over Sweden and sees no reason why they can't reach the World Cup final now.
Steve McManaman and the FC crew agree Sweden did not ask many questions of England in the quarterfinals.
Stewart Robson reveals his ratings for England in their win over Sweden, and the FC crew examine the impact of Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate.
The guys respond to your tweets about the challenge of penalties, Subasic's heroics, England's chances, the song "Three Lions" and Roberto Martinez.

England midfielder Eric Dier has told ESPN Brasil he wants the team to inspire future generations after they reached a first World Cup semifinal since 1990.

A 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday, secured by goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, set up a meeting with Croatia in the last four.

"It means a lot to us," Tottenham player Dier, speaking in Portuguese to ESPN Brasil's Francisco de Laurentiis, said. "This is only the third time that England have reached the semifinals,...

Mido wants England to drop Kyle Walker vs. Sweden

Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down Colombia's late goal and England's quality response.

Former Egypt international Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' has urged England coach Gareth Southgate to drop Kyle Walker after the Three Lions defeated Colombia in their Last 16 clash in Moscow on Tuesday.

England were denied a victory in normal time after Yerry Mina's 92nd-minute header cancelled out Harry Kane's penalty opener, but battled back during the shootout to win 4-3.

Despite an encouraging performance by England, ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward Mido believes that another former Spur, Walker, ought to...

England should start Jordan Henderson over Eric Dier - Danny Murphy

LONDON -- Jordan Henderson should start in place of Eric Dier for England if Gareth Southgate sticks to his vision of only picking one holding midfielder at the World Cup, according to former Three Lions international Danny Murphy.

Dier started England's first pre-tournament friendly against Nigeria at Wembley with Henderson given time off following his exertions in the Champions League final, but the Liverpool captain was preferred against Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later.

Southgate appears...

England midfielder Eric Dier hails 'brilliant' coach Gareth Southgate

England boss Gareth Southgate expressed doubts over a late penalty that earned Italy a draw at Wembley with the help of VAR.

Eric Dier has said England coach Gareth Southgate will not be hampered by his lack of experience at the highest level, telling the Evening Standard he has been "brilliant from the start."

Dier played 90 minutes as England continued their preparations for the World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Italy at Wembley on Tuesday.

England were denied by a late VAR-assisted Lorenzo Insigne penalty but the performance was another encouraging step for Southgate, previously in charge of Middlesbrough and England...

Hart faces heartbreak but Rashford, Sterling, Kane a fearsome England trio

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop discusses England's goalkeeping dilemma for the World Cup.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop discusses England's goalkeeping dilemma for the World Cup.

With under three months to go before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate is trying to figure out his best England team.

Here's how we think England will line-up against Tunisia on June 18 ...

ESPN FC's predicted XI for England at the World Cup.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford

If you cast your mind back to last summer, the prevailing wisdom was that Everton had "won" the transfer market. As it turned out, only Pickford represented much of an upgrade on what they already had, and while he hasn't been flawless in the intervening months, he's done enough to...

Tottenham won't get advantage from Wembley in FA Cup semifinal - Dier

Eric Dier has said Tottenham Hotspur will not gain an advantage from playing their FA Cup semifinal against Manchester United at Wembley, their home ground this season.

Spurs reached their 21st FA Cup semifinal with a 3-0 win at Swansea on Saturday and Dier's teammate Jan Vertongen has said playing at Wembley will "definitely help" their quest for a first trophy since 2008.

Mauricio Pochettino's team are unbeaten in the league at the national stadium since a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in August and their...