England boss Gareth Southgate keeping select guest-list for Croatia clash

Marsha Scott
July 12, 2018

Zlatko Dalic's side beat hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties in their last-eight match in Sochi to set up an encounter with Gareth Southgate's Three Lions.

So what are you waiting for?

Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990.

Trippier, who scored his penalty in the last-16 shootout win over Colombia and has been one of England's standout performers, revealed the players have seen all of the excitement and are keen to extend the euphoria.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium. "So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".

"But regardless of that, I think the football across the board has been really exciting, really entertaining, and the hosting of the tournament and the cities that have hosted it has been outstanding".

The song, recorded by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, has been echoing around the nation once again ever since it became apparent that Southgate and his team were going to have an extended stay in Russian Federation.

The charity's website said: 'Show your support for Gareth Southgate and the boys ahead of Wednesday's semi-final showdown - and help give blood cancer the boot!

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"It's a very short change around and the travel is a bit more complicated so, quite simply, I've just got my family coming".

"No-one wants to go home".

Pickford's rise from non-league football to worldwide stardom has been nothing short of inspirational to any professional footballer in the game. Belgium, I thought, did great against Brazil - them going out was a great bonus for us.

And they've revealed that since the showpiece began, sales of waistcoats have doubled due to people wanting to channel their inner Southgate.

"I have been in sport in different areas for long enough to know what my life is day to day".

"I don't know what you're saying in the dressing room to the players, but whatever you're saying, it's working".

They were just 44 minutes away from reaching the final when Suker scored first early in the second half but a Lilian Thuram double won it for eventual champions France.

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