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England have fallen at the penultimate obstacle at major tournaments on four events since winning the World Cup in 1966; World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia three years ago was the latest but Southgate hopes his side have learned from that defeat

 Gareth Southgate is compelling his England side to end their semi-final hex by beating Denmark and reaching their first final since 1966.

England have fallen at the semi-final  hurdle at major competitions on four occasions since winning the World Cup in 1966.

The agonizing World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia three years ago was the latest but Southgate believes his side has learned from that disappointment ahead of Wednesday night’s encounter.

“We’ve knocked off so many hoodoos or perceived barriers already and I feel like this group of players will feel this is just the next challenge,” the England manager said.

“I guess the interesting part for us is we won’t feel totally satisfied if it’s just a semi-final for us, whereas maybe three years ago, although there was a massive disappointment after the semi-final, there was a feeling we’d come a long way.

“Now we’ve replicated what we did there, but that won’t be enough to fulfill the group. That’s a positive sign.

“The other thing that is so positive, these young players – 18, 19, 20, 21 – are getting more experiences of England that are positive and enjoyable and they’re feeling what it can be like to be in an England shirt and have fun and win matches and have a relationship with the fans that is positive.

“That’s so important for a generation to come. We’ll get more out of their talent if we can keep that relationship with the fans.”

A key difference to 2018 is the increased anticipation, with Southgate himself acknowledging their benchmark in Russia was to end England’s 12-year wait for a knockout victory.

The former defender now has more knockout wins than any England manager in history and will go looking for another in Wednesday’s semi-final in front of a loud partisan crowd of 60,000-plus.

“It’s great to be coming back now,” said Southgate, who anticipates teenager Bukayo Saka would return to training on Monday after skipping the Ukraine match with a slight knock.

“To go and have that different environment, preparation, focus was helpful.

“But now to be coming back to Wembley is a great thing for us.”

It doesn’t get much more comfortable than that. England’s regulated and prominent 4-0 win over Ukraine means they will face Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday. Would Gareth Southgate’s side go past this curse? And can they go all the way? Well, that’s for us to wait till Wednesday to find out.

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Official- Manchester united sack Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, to pay him £7.5m severance fee

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager afer a disgraceful 4-1 away defeat by Watford on Saturday.

Official- Manchester united sack Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, to pay him £7.5m severance fee


Solskjaer, an icon of the club, had been in charge of United for nearly three years but pressure on his position started building after humiliating losses to Liverpool and Man City despite having star players Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the squad.

The club heirarchy had a meeting early Sunday morning, November 21, and agreed to part ways with Solksjaer and will pay him a £7.5m severance fee due to the fact he signed a new 3 year deal in June.

Posting on its social media platforms, Manchester United wrote;

 ‘Manchester United can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has left his role as manager. Thank you for everything Ole.’

The favourites to succeed Solskjaer are Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag.


In 165 games, Solksjaer had 91 Wins, 40 defeats and 34 draws.

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Liberia 0-2: Nigeria: Super Eagles Wins Liberia to Move One Step Closer to World Cup play-Off

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Liberia 0-2: Nigeria: Super Eagles Wins Liberia to Move One Step Closer to World Cup play-Off

Nigeria has moved one step closer to booking one of the World Cup play-off spots after beating Liberia on Saturday in Tangier, Morocco.


Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa scored from the spot in the first and second half respectively to beat Liberia 2-0.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen scored the first goal, which was a penalty for Nigeria after the Liberian goalkeeper brought him down.

He converted the resulting penalty to give the Super Eagles an early lead in the first half and even though the away Super Eagles dominated play they could not add another goal in the first half.

Liberia 0-2: Nigeria: Super Eagles Wins Liberia to Move One Step Closer to World Cup play-Off


In the second half, Substitute and captain Ahmed Musa scored the second goal for Nigeria, another penalty, with four minutes left to go in the match to give Nigeria a 2-0 victory.


The Eagles will need at least a draw in their last match against Cape Verde on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria if they are to qualify for the World Cup play-off.

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Cristiano #Ronaldo scores TWICE as #ManUnited beat Newcastle 4-1 to go top of the #premierleague

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Cristiano #Ronaldo scores TWICE as #ManUnited beat Newcastle 4-1 to go top of the #premierleague

Cristiano Ronaldo is back with a bang as he scores twice on Man Utd return in 4-1 win over Newcastle

Manchester United have now secured the top position on the premier league table with 10 points. Manchester City comes second with 9.

There was not much of a difference in game-play but the goalscorers, Man Utd have them in abundance!

Ronaldo is BACK!

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