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England have potential for much more, says Southgate

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Southgate spent time in the United States at the start of the year, watching the Super Bowl but also National Basketball Association games in a bid to discover how teams got themselves into space near the basket via choreographed moves and plays.

"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".

Croatia are in the last four for the first time since 1998 but they had to survive two penalty shoot-outs against Denmark and Russian Federation to make it this far.

England will face Croatia in Moscow this evening in their first semi-final in the tournament since 1990, and Southgate does not expect his young team to freeze on the big occasion.

Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina.

But Southgate revealed he could not listen to it for many years. "As an England fan you want to see good football and the team being ruthless in both boxes and they certainly have been that".

A header from Samuel Umtiti gave France victory over Belgium in Saint Petersburg.

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see". He continued: "We have really toned things down because we have enough stuff".

"We have already made several pieces of history".

"Like in football, fair-play and team spirit are what we need more than ever", he said.

We may all be able to look back and laugh at it now, but it turns out Pizza Hut thought it was pretty amusing at the time too.

"So, we were at home and I went to get changed and I thought, "Hmmm, shall I wear those socks?'".

THE hopes and fears of the nation have reached new heights ahead of England's semi-final clash with Croatia. "Come on England! #ItsComingHome", Elton captioned the photo.

"I've been jokingly saying that football's coming home, but now there's no reason why we can't win it". "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said.