England have potential for much more, says proud Gareth Southgate

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

Football fans in Bournemouth are putting their faith in Gareth Southgate's side to take the Three Lions to their first World Cup final since 1966.

The civic buildings of Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall will also be lit up red and white on both Tuesday and Wednesday night in order to cheer on England, alongside proudly flying a St George's flag.

Many fans in Russian Federation have since been asking for selfies and autographs from Rowe in the build-up to tonight's semi-final against Croatia.

'The hunger of players has been there for everyone to see, we are proud of the style they have played.

Several players and managers have a odd belief that they must go through the exact same routine prior to every game in order to guarantee success but Southgate no longer falls into that category.

"I'll be going out to watch the game and I think we'll do it, I really do".

Belgian premier Charles Michel teased President Emmanuel Macron that France's win against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final had been "very lucky".

England manager Gareth Southgate found out a long time ago that superstition was not the way for him, and is trusting his side to reach the World Cup final without having to rely on luck or rituals.

Southgate missed the crucial penalty in a shootout against Germany the last time England appeared in a major tournament semi-final, at Euro '96.

The group is facing one its most hard meetings in years due to US President Donald Trump's criticism of the organisation and his targeting of German leader Angela Merkel. "We as players look at ourselves first...we never performed....but sometimes you have to be allowed to perform! It is a special feeling and a privilege".

Beattie has been impressed by the way Southgate has created a united front at this World Cup, with supporters up and down the country dreaming that football might, just, be coming home. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said.