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

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate believes the best is yet to come from his maturing team - even though they are potentially 90 minutes from their first World Cup final since 1966.

However, ahead of England v Croatia tonight, I can't disagree this time.

For decades, England managers have been plagued by the dilemma of fitting in the star English players into a single tactical system and still function at an optimal level.

They return to Moscow for the game against Croatia, having played in the Russian capital in the last 16 against Colombia, albeit at the smaller Spartak Stadium.

What's more, a quick browse on the World Cup collection section on the official M&S website, where the Southgate-style waistcoat is priced at £65, shows that it's only available in XXL online.

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.

Steve, who was at the 1982, 1990 and 1998 World Cups as a member of the media, picks up the story: "Twenty years ago in 1998 I got involved with Statto (Angus Loughran) from (Frank) Skinner and (David) Baddiel's Fantasy Football, which was all the rage at that time", he said.

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Well this lad has got one of Kane.

If Harry Maguire was a man in demand before the World Cup, he most certainly will be after it, too. I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

Incredible scenes have filled the town centre after the team progressed through the competition reaching the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.

'We were at home and I went to get changed and I thought, "Hmm, shall I wear those socks?" I am ignoring the meaningless match against Belgium.

"I'm excited to see if Croatian fans are as excited as we are".

After the win against Sweden, Bournemouth experienced a party atmosphere as thousands flooded into the streets.

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