We’ve got pride in the England shirt, says Cook

Gareth Southgate oversees training
Gareth Southgate oversees training

Paul Cook admits he’s been delighted to see the ‘pride’ being restored in the England jersey at the World Cup.

And he firmly believes Gareth Southgate’s men can keep their run going and reach the semi-finals with a win over Sweden this weekend.

In fact, he thinks the biggest obstacle may well be to keep everyone’s feet on the ground - both over here and in Russia.

“I think it’s just a case with England of not getting too carried away,” Cook told the Wigan Post.

“We’ve gone there with such low expectations, and all of a sudden they’ve become really high!

“Gareth, the players and the staff have done a tremendous job, and we’ve got that pride in the jersey, which is great to see.

“It’s been an outstanding World Cup in every aspect, and I think more England fans will now be going over with us doing so well.”

Latics fans have been basking in the reflected glory of Harry Maguire, who spent half a season on loan at the DW Stadium during 2014/15.

On the opposite side, Sweden will again be captained by Andreas Granqvist, who played 14 times for Latics in the 2007/8 campaign.

The 33-year-old has said he will definitely be playing ‘whatever happens’ – despite his wife being due to give birth to their second child this week.