Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

This Is the Most Tender Photo of the World Cup So Far

This Is the Most Tender Photo of the World Cup So Far

Referencing the 52 years that England have gone since winning the World Cup, The Guardian sport section leads with the image of the moment Mario Mandzukic fired the winning goal beyond Jordan Pickford.

The fact remains, though, that on Sunday they will play the biggest match of their lives against a France side bursting with youth and vigour that has had a day more rest and played the equivalent of a match fewer over the knockout rounds.

England must look to create "an empire" off the back of their surge to the World Cup semi-final having previously been the equivalent of a house "built on sand".

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With a final score of England 6-1 Panama, there's plenty of great goals to choose from in this match.

But Jesse Lingard's unbelievable strike gets our pick as the best moment.

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Mario Mandzukic typified their efforts, running himself into the ground in the lone striker role but taking his chance to score the victor clinically when it presented itself almost 20 minutes into extra time.

Not only was it his second of the match but it gave England the vital three points they needed to get off to a good start.

England lost much of their first-half momentum after the break.

The Leicester player picked up Ashley Young's corner and headed it firmly into the net.

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Back then, a powerful West Germany team edged England in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw, and lifted the trophy days later.

Dele Alli's model girlfriend Ruby Mae was there to support her nab while there was hugs all round for manager Gareth Southgate with his wife Alison and and teenage children Mia, 19, and Flynn, 15.

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