Gareth Southgate: 'I couldn't listen to Three Lions for 20 years'

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 11, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate leads his side into action against Croatia tonight.

Southgate is convinced the future is bright whatever the outcome.

And fans said they believed the key to success was the youthful team's work ethic and pride. "Sterling has also got to make sure he is in the right position to receive the ball and his touch has to be good enough to turn and go at defenders".

And the 19-year-old was overwhelmed at the thought of helping France reach the final in his first appearance at a World Cup.

"The welcome of the Russian people has been top", Southgate said.

Despite his exciting display, Mbappe rejected that idea that he could be seen as a Ballon d'Or contender.

But British Airways, which has seen a 700 percent increase in searches for flights to Russian Federation on its website since England's penalty shootout win over Colombia last week, has now released hundreds more seats on Moscow flights by using bigger planes. Biggest win in the tournament. First quarter-final win for longer. "I want to win the World Cup - the Ballon d'Or is not my problem".

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

He said: "We are really proud of the support we have received". The enthusiasm they have for these players, they've been brilliant ambassadors for our country, it's great for them they've got some enjoyable moments playing for England now. Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of unity but sport has the power to unite - and football in particular has the power to do that. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".

England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home".

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.

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.

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. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said of the song by The Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which has, years later, become England's unofficial music at the tournament and has captured the imagination of the fans.

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