Gareth Southgate: 'I couldn't listen to Three Lions for 20 years'

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Can Croatia stop football from rocketing home

England manager Gareth Southgate insists his side will face their toughest challenge of the World Cup to date when they lock horns with Croatia in the semi-final.

"It's not the same if you play 90 minutes twice and 120 minutes twice, but I believe we've had ample time to recover and we're professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said.

However, through my crash course in the other* football, I keep finding more and more striking parallels in the trajectory of each team and their supporters. Wednesday evening is a huge opportunity for our boys to do what many of us thought was impossible before the World Cup began and reach the Final. Biggest win in the tournament.

"I am sure Londoners of all ages and backgrounds will come together in their thousands at Hyde Park to cheer England on what could be an historic night".

"Whether we win or lose, we're creating history", he said.

The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.

And now the Museum of London wants to bring Southgate's waistcoat home following the World Cup. "So for me it has a slightly different feel", Southgate told reporters on Tuesday, before adding: "But it's nice to hear people are listening to it again".

London Ambulance Service tweeted photos of the badly damaged ambulance and the official Joint Response Unit Twitter account also tweeted to say: "We are better than this England". They play dynamic soccer, hail from diverse backgrounds and boast social media nous that undoubtedly baffles and bemuses those of an older generation. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

This is only the second time the model has changed its forecast all tournament and did so after its pre-competition favourites Brazil crashed out 2-1 against Belgium in the quarter-finals.

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