Deschamps relishes chance to overcome Euro 2016 pain at World Cup

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In the last four they met their 1990 World Cup semi-final nemesis Germany, who gatecrashed the hosts' party by winning a penalty shootout after England's sixth spot-kick - taken by Southgate - was saved. We're pleased with the intelligence and style of our play.

Footie fans rally behind Gareth Southgate ahead of England v Croatia semi-final with Waistcoat Wednesday.

Southgate, though, says his side have not even begun to realise their potential. England went to extra time and penalties in its first knockout stage match but not in its second and should be a bit more fresh.

Arif Qureshi, 61, had just dropped off a customer in Nottingham when his vehicle was surrounded by fans celebrating the quarter-final victory against Sweden.

Capello struggled to find a goalkeeper he trusted during his England reign, famously dropping former West Ham 'keeper Rob Green after he made a massive error in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup, and he has hailed the performances of the current number one Jordan Pickford.

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

"I'm certainly proud of the support we're receiving". We have had the chance to make a difference. They have real enthusiasm for these players, not only for the way they have played but also for the way they have conducted themselves.

Fans have been dancing in the town's streets and chanting It's Coming Home following England's wins earlier in the tournament.

"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience".

"Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly", Southgate said. "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.