Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

The FIFA World Cup is well under way and we've already seen drama, goals, tears, glory and much more, and you can tune in to England's semi-final clash against Croatia live in Blues Bar.

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.

So what are you waiting for?

Kieran Trippier admits seeing the reaction of England fans back home gives him "goosebumps" as the team prepare for their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Houghton missed the last qualifying match against Russian Federation, which the Lionesses won 3-1, due to undergoing knee surgery, but will be back for the start of the new season.

"In honour of our England getting to the semi-final, we've chose to decorate one of our buses to show our support".


Alli and Modric will meet again in the middle of the park, and not only did they go head to head for Tottenham and Real Madrid respectively in a Champions League game last season, but also in the summer of 2015.

"When England played Colombia we noticed traffic levels drop by about a third, so we're anticipating similar on Wednesday", said Frank Bird, an emergency planning officer at Highways England. When I went to get changed at the hotel, I'd forgotten my socks. I'm not going to focus on that. Anyway, we won and the staff made this big thing about my lucky socks, saying I had to wear them next game.

A campaign is gathering pace for the ideal waistcoat to be mass produced, England official's waistcoat, with "It's Coming Home" stitched into it after a cheeky advert by Huawei which went viral. Belgium, I thought, did great against Brazil - them going out was a great bonus for us.

He said: "I'm not surprised that Croatia have identified Raheem as a key player. With the coach keeping his strategies close to his now-famous vest, a young roster led by Harry Kane hopes to succeed where Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney failed.

But the odds on Southgate receiving a knighthood are sure to shorten further if England reach the World Cup final.

"At certain times we lacked power but we played two times 120 minutes of football in six days", he said this week.


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