British newspaper calls on England fans to wear their waistcoat with pride

Adjust Comment Print

Southgate's men meet Croatia in the semi-finals on Thursday morning (Singapore time) after ending a 28-year wait to reach the last four.

When I took over as Germany boss in 2004, after we had failed at that summer's European Championship, I began by trying to give our national team an identity, and a clear way of playing. I think it's the best opportunity that England's ever had [since 1966] and probably might ever have because, no disrespect to Croatia, but the other side of the group was a lot more hard.

What will be important is the energy your players can bring, and their belief they can get to the final.

"I only played for three clubs, I have a real affinity with all three, but England has been the biggest part of my life really".

"But we have to just adapt ourselves to their game plan, but also they have to worry about us".


"We've played well, we've played well in the games".

It has been wonderful to watch from the outside, and I think every player in Gareth's team right now is just thrilled to be a part of it, and it is clear every player also puts the team 100% first. Southgate has worked on improving England players' psychology going into shootouts, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford used information - detailing where Colombia's penalties were likely to go - that was written on a water bottle next to his goal. Given the money we have, that the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, and we've got St George's Park, we have what you need to be successful, so the minimum we...

Hurst said Ramsey rightly gets most of the credit for creating a "tremendous team spirit".

"We had events where I met a lot of them, they told me their stories and how many years they've been travelling, watching England and what it means to them".

"If you'd asked me before the tournament, I'd have been happy with this young team getting to the quarter-finals", he said. But this is our family now. If we played this same tournament again in maybe two months, then you might have three or four different semi-finalists. We have completed it. We have completed it.


Croatia will likely move Vedran Corluka into central defence and Domagoj Vida out to right back to cover the injury, which could possibly be a weakness for England to exploit.

England's surprise run in Russian Federation has brought them to a World Cup semifinal, a feat not achieved by any Three Lions side since 1990, and excitement has reached new heights following Saturday's convincing 2-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden in Samara.

They said that nobody had attempted to kill them upon their arrival in Russia, dispelling fears that "Russian hooligans will beat you up the minute you walk into the country".

I genuinely don't think they'll fail the test.


Comments