Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Southgate proud of England support after 20 years of personal hurt

Southgate proud of England support after 20 years of personal hurt

The players have spoken about how they have been keeping track online of the scenes back home while Southgate believes winning in Russian Federation would be bigger than 1966, the only time England have won the World Cup, due to the global reach and worldwide connectivity of the game. "Croatia don't have the sort of attacking players who can really make something out of nothing, so Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be relied upon to engineer opportunities and we need to limit their time on the ball".

As World Cup fever boils over in England ahead of Wednesday's clash with Croatia, Yorkshire Tea have mocked up local landmark Malham Cove as Mount Rushmore, featuring World Cup stars Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker - the latter three having been born in the county.

Southgate, though, says his side have not even begun to realise their potential.

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties". First knockout win for 10 years.

Arif Qureshi, 61, had just dropped off a customer in Nottingham when his auto was surrounded by fans celebrating the quarter-final victory against Sweden.

18 of the 20 World Cups of all-time have gone to nations that aren't these four - have we ever seen such an open contest?

"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".

William said: "Come on England - it's coming home!"

What's more, a quick browse on the World Cup collection section on the official M&S website, where the Southgate-style waistcoat is priced at £65, shows that it's only available in XXL online. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said of the song by The Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which has, years later, become England's unofficial music at the tournament and has captured the imagination of the fans.

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