Gareth Southgate ‘not ready for journey to end’

12 July, 2018, 04:19 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Gareth Southgate has nation preparing for Waistcoat Wednesday

Gareth Southgate's side have secured a place in the semi-finals of the competition after beating Colombia in the last 16 stage and then Sweden in Saturday afternoon's quarter-final.

'We have been one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the tournament, and we were never quite sure how far this team could go.

"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.

"The style of play has changed and so have attitudes". Anyway, we won and the staff made this big thing about my lucky socks, saying I had to wear them next game. Biggest win in the tournament.

Two years ago England crashed out of the European Championship in the first knockout round with a 2-1 defeat by Iceland after an abysmal performance.

"I think there'll be a bit of nerves as the day comes but a bit of excitement as well because you know you've always dreamed of playing in a World Cup final".

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

All we can say is that for two of these four sides that answer will come sooner rather than later, as today (*producer jump zoom*): one of these nations is going home.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has told The Guardian that he hopes to nutmeg Croatia midfielder Luka Modric again on Wednesday night.


He said: "We are really proud of the support we have received".

"For us as a team, yes, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

He added: "Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity, and sport has the power to do that (unite people)".

But you may feel differently. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".

The win led to a lot of off-key renditions of God Save The Queen and Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) in pubs across both England and Australia.

Overall, it has given Belgium a 32.6% chance of winning, closely followed by France with 29.8% while is England's chances of being crowned champions are 20.2%.

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'". We still needed the win but I thought, "No, it's ridiculous".

Croatia finished top of Group D by beating Nigeria 2-0, Argentina 3-0 and Iceland 2-1, but needed penalty shootouts to get past Denmark in the last 16 and Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

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