Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

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

Gareth Southgate and England team GETTYGareth Southgate says it would be'bigger than 1966 if England win the World Cup
Kenny Thornton | 12 July, 2018, 04:18

Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs, said: "With Brazil now out of the world cup, Belgium is at the top of our probability table with a 32.6% chance of lifting the trophy, closely followed by France (29.8%)".

However, he is also determined to maintain the shape that England have so far demonstrated during the tournament.

They now potentially stand just 90 minutes away from their first major tournament final in 52 years, when they last won the World Cup back in 1966.

Now the 47-year-old former England global is leading the team, which plays Croatia at 8pm tonight in England's first World Cup semi-final in 28 years. When I went to get changed at the hotel, I'd forgotten my socks.

"I will get more attention and it won't be easy to go out for meals if I am in certain places but it won't change my view on the world or the things I attempt to do".

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

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Placed 70th in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, home team Russia was the lowest-ranked team competing in the tournament.

But as he conducted his pre-match press conference, football was not the only topic after cameras had captured the players throwing a rubber chicken to each other during their warm-up.

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties.

Actor Hugh Grant tweeted about the piece of clothing ahead of England's quarter-final victory over Sweden and the following day BBC presenter Andrew Marr opened his show in a waistcoat as a tribute to Southgate. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said.

Southgate, who was surprised by the vest craze, said he never considered himself a "fashion icon" but loved the enthusiasm from supporters across the UK.

Harry, who was visiting Dublin with wife Meghan, was asked by a reporter if "football was coming home" - the chant from the hugely popularly Three Lions anthem. "I think we can do that successfully", Southgate state.

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