Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Southgate proud of England support after 20 years of personal hurt

Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 19:41

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sweden took manager Gareth Southgate's team into a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years, raising the prospect of England possibly winning the tournament for the first time since 1966.

However, ahead of England v Croatia tonight, I can't disagree this time.

Southgate conceded the tune brings back painful memories from 22 years ago, when he missed the crucial penalty in England's semi-final defeat to Germany, and is happy to see it take on new meaning for a new generation.

However, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has revealed that he was anxious about about how three England players would cope going into the tournament.

"Our players did a great job".

What's more, a quick browse on the World Cup collection section on the official M&S website, where the Southgate-style waistcoat is priced at £65, shows that it's only available in XXL online.

She added that she is flying back to Croatia and would be watching the game as part of a joint birthday football celebration.

'We were at home and I went to get changed and I thought, "Hmm, shall I wear those socks?" "I think France will win the title".

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".

England's run to the last four, where they will face Croatia, has come as a huge surprise given Southgate's relative lack of experience in management and the fact the team lost to Iceland in the last 16 of EURO 2016.

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.