Ironically, Alli says he felt he did better with the less familiar tasks than with his usual forte, making penetrating runs and providing a threat in the box.
"As I have got older I have become more conscious of that - it is easy to avoid challenges and avoid putting yourself on the line", he said.
"So to score, it gives you a lift. Croatia will know how to deal with this", Dalic noted. That meant only Uruguay and Sweden remained as representatives of progressivism in the Quarter Finals, and both went into their matches as underdogs; Uruguay against centrist France, and Sweden against right-wing England.
"I didn't feel nervous or anything like that".
"They are still a size different, I have to get 10 on my right and 10 half on my left". They had outplayed "the most impressive team in the tournament", as Bobby Robson had justifiably described West Germany, to an astonishing degree in the first 40 minutes.
With the pace of Sterling and others offering a threat from open play on top of England's nearly unrivalled threat from set pieces-they've scored eight from dead-ball situations in Russia-the Three Lions might just have the decisive edge in what should be a tight game. I helped the side like I always do and won the ball back as much as I could.
While watching this titanic struggle between two European footballing superpowers you may also have thought to yourself: "Praise the heavens, I'm finally able to enjoy a piece of entertainment which isn't infected by that accursed Fortnite video game that every fool and their auntie is chattering on about". That's one of his big things.
"We are a team who are still improving" Southgate said.
A narrow 1-0 win for England, probably from another set-piece, puts Gareth Southgate's men in the final.
"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training. You want to hide and not come out of your room.
Let's see if football really is coming home, as we can hear from every corner of England at the moment.
After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory.