Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

The Three Lions face Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday (19:00 BST) in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years. You can't play much better than they did.

In spite of Croatia being the strongest team that England have faced so far, coach Gareth Southgate insisted Tuesday "England will continue playing with the same approach and shape" that they have so far done in the tournament.

Waistcoat sales have rocketed thanks to the Southgate effect according to retailer Marks & Spencer, the official suit supplier to the England team. "You don't want to watch it back, but we knew how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger".

The song was released before Euro '96, when Southgate missed England's crucial penalty as they lost a semi-final shootout to Germany at Wembley.

"I will get more attention and it won't be easy to go out for meals if I am in certain places but it won't change my view on the world or the things I attempt to do".

The strategy takes into account 200,000 statistical models, data on individual players and team performance and ran one million simulations before making its judgement.

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

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.

"Football's coming home.I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly", Southgate said. Will it be France; Belgium; England or Croatia? "That's why I think they can go all the way".

"They're getting blamed for what my generation and generations that followed did".

Several people were photographed on top of the ambulance. We still needed the win but I thought, "No, it's ridiculous".

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