Gareth Southgate wants England to avoid traps of the past against Colombia | Daniel Taylor

Manager understands the increased excitement back home but says his players should not get carried away by emotion

Overall there must have been half a dozen occasions when Gareth Southgate was asked whether he could understand the common perception that England had suddenly found themselves in a position whereby they might have a considerably better chance to reach a World Cup final than many people could have anticipated at the start of this competition.

Southgate chose his words carefully to make sure he could not be accused of sounding presumptuous or, worse, of saying anything that might inadvertently end up being part of José Pekerman’s team-talk for Colombia.

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