Russia: England 'like family' says Man Utd star Lingard before Colombia clash

England midfielder Jesse Lingard said the England squad has become 'like a family' during a press conference in Repino, Saint Petersburg on Sunday, ahead of Tuesday's Round of 16 match against Colombia. «I think that's why we've done so well. Everyone gets along, there's no squabbling in the camp, no cliques,» Lingard told the press. The mood in the England squad is in stark contrast to... Еще previous tournaments, where former players such as Frank Lampard have attested to club rivalries hindering camp cohesion and on-pitch performances. England manager Gareth Southgate made team spirit one of his top priorities after experiencing the same schisms in years gone by. Lingard was optimistic ahead of England's crunch clash with Colombia on Tuesday but said the South Americans' physicality and toughness would be difficult. «We don't need to change too much,» Lingard said. «We're still going to play the same, play with that freedom.» The eventual winner will face either Switzerland or Sweden in the quarter finals.

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