The qualifying draw for Euro 2020 took place in Dublin on Sunday, handing England a favourable group to reach the pan-European showpiece.
England coach, Gareth Southgate, said the Premier League’s early start was a factor in some of his players lacking sharpness or suffering from injury, and questioned why the season began less than a month after the World Cup final.
And defender Danny Rose believes the exchange helped them improve and seal a 1-0 victory.
Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw and Liverpool midfielder, Adam Lallana, have been re-called to the England squad for September’s matches with Spain and Switzerland.
Asked if football is coming home during a visit to the Irish President’s residence in Dublin – a reference to England’s 1996 soccer anthem “Three Lions” – Harry replied “most definitely”.
Although Croatia are the most difficult opponent England will have faced in the tournament, Southgate’s words suggest he will continue with his attacking formation and personnel.
Southgate said at the post-match conference after his team beat Sweden 2-0 at the Samara Arena in the quarter-finals that the team was just starting to create a new identity
England now move on to a last-four date with either Russia or Croatia, who meet in the remaining quarter-final clash later on Saturday
However, as they face a quarter-final clash with Sweden on Saturday, manager Gareth Southgate says this generation might not get a better chance to triumph.
This is after displaying the best of their battling qualities in a 1-0 win over Switzerland in Tuesday’s Round of 16 tie.
The Manchester City midfielder has been given permission by manager Gareth Southgate to temporarily leave the Three Lions’ World Cup camp to be with his wife.