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Belgium's defender Jan Vertonghen, Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku and Belgium's defender Toby Alderweireld talk during the warming up before the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter

Belgium's defender Jan Vertonghen, Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku and Belgium's defender Toby Alderweireld talk during the warming up before the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter

Jose Mourinho insists England have reason to be optimistic despite falling agonisingly short of the World Cup final.

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic was in fantastic form for Croatia in their 2-1 win over England in their semi-final clash on Wednesday, during which he scored a goal and provided the assist for the extra-time victor.

Despite Mourinho questioning this tactic it is hard to criticise the Three Lions coaches approach from set plays, with England scoring nine of their 12 goals in Russian Federation from set plays.

"Normally you look at wingers and they are just fast and creative".

Sources have told ESPN FC that the clubs have opened talks over a move for the 28-year-old, who started just four Premier League games last season, and are keen to tie up a deal before United depart this weekend.


"So the way he wins that ball in the air (for the winning goal) and puts the ball into that space is only possible if you are very, very physical and dominant over defenders".

"So he was incredible by going there and winning that ball in the air".

Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff, including Michael Carrick, spent the day at Carrington on Tuesday before the players who have not been involved at the World Cup reported on Wednesday.

While Mourinho lamented England's inability to grab a second to kill the game off, he admitted the Perisic leveller gave Croatia "an overdose of confidence" that changed the game. Let us know in the comments section below.

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