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Liverpool transfer news Phil Thompson claims Jurgen Klopp should sign Harry Maguire

GETTYLiverpool transfer news Phil Thompson claims Jurgen Klopp should sign Harry Maguire

I have a picture of a group of young footballers, resplendent in slightly baggy Crystal Palace club suits, smiling for the cameras just before they leave for a youth team trip to Portugal.

Five days ago we told you how there was a petition to make Monday July 16th a bank holiday if England end 52 years of hurt and win the World Cup for the second time.

Southgate's England side will play Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening, where England captain Harry Kane will be hoping to get on the score sheet as he pursues the coveted Golden Boot award.

"Croatia look a very good team, (they have) very good players in (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic, they look a risky side".

"That's why we took the decision we did against Belgium (to rest players) more than anything". Hendo (Jordan Henderson) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change (taking him off in the closing stages). "I think is it real?" he stated.

But the Tottenham Hotspur player, who grew up in Portugal and answered questions from Brazilian media in fluent Portuguese, says that a great part of the team spirit has been the commitment and approach of all players, regardless of their place on the team sheet.

"You obviously have got your family at home and the kids that you need to keep in touch with, keep checking in or the missus might go mad".

World Cup fever is sweeping the nation - and Danny McLaughlin has found himself at the centre of attention thanks to his incredible resemblance to star player Harry Kane. "You wouldn't have said we were going to win beforehand", Hurst added.

'If we get to the final, or if we don't get to the final, then we're one day short, it has been an absolute pleasure of an experience to share not just with the players but also the staff'.

"The progress of the England team in the world cup is very exciting for people across the country".

And so the deal is set, and with social media as their witness - eyes will now be set on the pair to ensure they carry out their respective forfeits.

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