Gareth Southgate (England manager): “From the final whistle (against Germany in the round of 16), the players were already talking about and preparing for the next game. They acknowledged that while they loved the experience of the last game, things move quickly in tournaments. And that we have not yet reached the stage where we want to be. It was not too difficult to refocus the players.
The opportunity is there, the confidence is there and the conviction is there. They can’t wait to take on the challenge. I think it’s a good thing to be leaving Wembley now. It would have been difficult to reproduce the atmosphere we had the other day. Now having a different focus, a different environment, and a different challenge is good for us. “