For 20 years, football wasn't coming home for England boss Southgate

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Within the first five minutes, English fans were given cause for celebration when Kieran Trippier scored a free kick, giving his side a dream 1-0 lead. "And they're just thinking, "we'll get behind these lads".

He said: "Well, I think I've said this before, but I was not a renowned fashion icon throughout my playing career, so it's rather unusual to feel that way now".

"Two players played with half a leg. This never used to happen with Croatia".

Gareth Southgate's England side stand on the brink of history in Russian Federation, a game away from their first World Cup final since 1966.

The song by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was originally released for the Euros in 1996, and a new version came out for the 1998 World Cup in France. That match against West Germany had ended in a 1-1 draw, with England going on to lose the penalty shootout. That team also exceeded expectations and won the adulation of fans at home with a beloved centre forward who played for Tottenham.

Southgate and his players trained at their base in Repino on Tuesday morning before heading for Moscow and the Luzhniki Stadium where their fate will be decided on Wednesday evening.

"Want to know how insane we are?" said Fran Colak, a Croatian Saultite who had come down to the gathering to watch the semi-final game. The team needed Kane to use his head in stoppage time to get the victor.

England, meanwhile, will have a rematch with Belgium for the third-place game. Perhaps not today, but it will, and when it does, we like it a little more than we did when it left.

Against Croatia, when the late chance came again, Kane could only guide it wide. Winning the Europa League was big for Atletico, we were so lucky, but playing for the national team, for your country, is totally different. "We restored some pride back into the shirt, which was an important thing for us to do". Many "barriers" have been uprooted and several pieces of history are re-written, but Southgate does not want this team to stop.

Just making the semi-final was more than anybody expected and pubs across the county were packed last night to cheer on Gareth Southgate's young side.



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