'They might see everything is going in one direction but when you're younger there's a lot of things that happen and a lot of adversity to overcome'.
Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).
And there were growing concerns about whether or not he would be fit enough to be ready in time for Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.
In my career, whenever I picked up silverware, I expected to win I and I sense the same mindset with England right now.
"I don't think we have succeeded yet - success is hard to define but in my eyes and I think in everyone else's eyes back at the (team) hotel I think this isn't a success yet", Dier told reporters today after the team's training session. England will beat them.
"It's a proud moment for us all when we put on the jersey and I'm going to grab it with both hands, run with it and enjoy it as much as we can".
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If you follow football (or "soccer" as it's known in North America) then you'll no doubt be tuned into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is now taking place in Russian Federation.
They've gone to two extra-times, and if you have to go to extra-time against Russian Federation.
The 68-year-old insists it is paramount today's team do not get carried away with the prospect of worldwide football's greatest prize so close, and he has been impressed by how Southgate has managed emotions.
It's awesome because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England. Hopefully we can get to the final. Winning teams are consistent teams in terms of lineups and I don't think the boys will have been tested too much physically by Sweden.
I hope it's an open game, and I don't want to tempt fate but it should give us goals. The Belgians are full of confidence and showed in the quarterfinal win over Brazil they're capable of raising their game to near-perfection.