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Former England captain Steven Gerrard says Gareth Southgate's side have "done the country proud" - and believes they will beat Croatia in their World Cup semi-final. "Come on England - it's coming home!"

"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".

England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true.

"We just want to keep on improving, stick together as a team and give more moments like that, they are special moments".

Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).


Solihull England fan Sheila Grandfield is getting ready for Waistcoat Wednesday after watching the team's historic quarter final victory against Sweden yesterday at her local pub The Wharf Tavern.

Kris Tarplee has ordered a new black embroidered waistcoat on Amazon Prime, he said: 'My waistcoat should be with me by tomorrow.

According to the black box simulations, Belgium will edge out France while England will defeat Croatia in the semi-finals, which are taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Southgate laughed as he regaled the story, with his relaxed demeanour slightly surprising ahead of the biggest match of his managerial career.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at when Croatia last reached the final four at France 98.


"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won [the World Cup in 1966], how they're still held and revered", Southgate told reporters.

England's Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring the first goal against Sweden July 7, 2018.

'Before we went there, we were off to the army base at Catterick for a boot camp - something Palace did before the start of every season. The way we train during the week is fantastic, always with high-intensity, everyone pushing each other.

"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue, through a tournament that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".


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