Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

Gary Lineker waved goodbye to Germany when they were knocked out the World Cup and now Scots are doing the same to England.

It was the first time England had reached a semi-final in the World Cup since 1990. In a moment captured by cameras, Southgate - a former player himself who ended up managing the English national team for his first World Cup this year - shared a tender embrace with his wife, Alison, in the empty stands.

He wrote in a message on his Instagram account: 'It's coming home.

Tense moments followed for the 12th man as Croatia tried to pile the pressure on and fans had their hearts in their mouths when the score was only kept level by some desperate England defending.

Despite Kieran Trippier giving England an early lead, Croatia clawed their way back into the game and edged past Southgate's side after extra time.

Others would have haggled with touts and individual sellers to try and get hold of the most sought-after ticket in town.

"I am in contact with Ciro, I want him to come (for the final), I want them all (France 98′ team) to come", Dalic told Nova TV, before adding.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals". "Everyone was nervous, but when they got a second goal, everyone took so much confidence, everyone was up in the air, the club was full, there was a great atmostphere". For 70 minutes we battered them.

"We take it on the chin, we move on".

Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".

Parv Moondi, 49, from Norwich, was heading out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow.

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said, via Reuters.

"We have two days to prepare".

"I just feel so disappointed". But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

"This was the dream, we could've made it". "We played today better than against Argentina".

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

"I don't think when people look at the experience and last 18 months, that people expected us to be in a semi-final of the World Cup".

"There was a period of the game in the second half where we didn't have that controlled possession, and the game became too end to end with us not building in the way we have been".

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