He was just a great person and I’m pleased he came into my life, really.”
On the feeling of reaching the next round of the World Cup he said: “Moments like this, this is what we play football for, the biggest moments, the best moments and I’m really happy today with going through to the next round of the tournament.
It was a little bit disappointing for the team after the game against the USA, I thought we could have played a lot better.
“The only way to bounce back from that is to have a good performance in your next game and I thought in the first half we defended really good and they didn’t have many opportunities – I think they had one shot – and it was just about us killing the game off and taking the chances when they came.
“At half-time the manager said we were playing really well but the one thing we could work better on was having shots on target, we only had two or three in the first half.
England topped Group B to seal a game against Senegal – runners-up of Group A – on Sunday.