Gareth Southgate ‘not ready for journey to end’

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

Speaking to Yahoo Sport, the former Germany global was glowing in his praise of Southgate's side, who will take on Croatia in a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

England will play in a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90, but Southgate insists his life outside of the game will not change if England progress to the final, or even win the tournament.

"All the celebrations and the songs they are singing back home, it inspires us as players to be able to bring the nation together and put smiles on people's faces".

Southgate was bought a friendship bracelet by his wife and children prior to the tournament and has been wearing it throughout England's journey to the last four.

"England has been the most impressive team so far".

"We've got to keep getting over those hurdles and I know we talked about the success of the younger teams but this is a much harder, much bigger level for the players and the belief is building as things are happening".

The song was released before Euro '96, when Southgate missed England's crucial penalty as they lost a semi-final shootout to Germany at Wembley.

"We've made several pieces of history".

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"We've had the chance to make a difference".

"I think there'll be a bit of nerves as the day comes but a bit of excitement as well because you know you've always dreamed of playing in a World Cup final".

"You can feel the encouragement and support".

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".

The win led to a lot of off-key renditions of God Save The Queen and Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) in pubs across both England and Australia.

The song, recorded by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, has been echoing around the nation once again ever since it became apparent that Southgate and his team were going to have an extended stay in Russian Federation.

"This was near my house opposite the school I used to go to", he said.

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