"I turned my phone off for three hours before the game because I needed an hour's sleep and I just felt now it's no more messages it's just focus, it's about the team and us as a group". I'm an England fan and I have struggled to comprehend how, from 1990 when we came so close to reaching the final, we have never kicked on from there. "I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky".
Two years later, our young team had an wonderful run to the semi-finals of the World Cup that captured the imagination of our people.
"I'd love to be able to do it with however many millions who are watching at home but the supporters who are here, they're singing and I know what they've been through and I met lots of them before we came".
As England won the quarterfinal match against Sweden on Saturday, the Three Lions fans took their celebrations too far and barged into an IKEA store in London and trashed the furniture while singing their World Cup anthem, "It's coming home".
Southgate spent time in the United States at the start of the year, watching the Super Bowl but also National Basketball Association games in a bid to discover how teams got themselves into space near the basket via choreographed moves and plays. And England's Kane, who has six goals at the 2018 World Cup, is on pace to become the first English player since 1986 to win the World Cup Golden Boot.
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.
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"If you'd asked me before the tournament, I'd have been happy with this young team getting to the quarter-finals".
"I think Belgium have a great chance of beating them".
"I think he is playing out of his skin - he is doing so well".
A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday. "He's better than John Stones when it comes to passing it out from the back".
But it's more than just England's crossing ability. They've lined up in freaky formations to confuse their markers - like against Colombia in the round of 16 where four players stood in a row before splintering off.
"I videoed it to look at the players, the matches and I guess as a young player you wanted to see the best players, the level they were playing and see what you could learn from it".