Saturday, 21 July, 2018


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

It is coming home? Odds on England World Cup win shorten after Sweden win Southgate acknowledges England players are in a different era
Hannah Rogers | 12 July, 2018, 04:44

To mark the monumental occasion on Wednesday, which is England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990, the iconic Black Prince statue in City Square is now holding an England flag and its very own football.

But even though lines such as "it's coming home" will be the source of fun for many, England had a superb campaign in the World Cup - and they've made a fantastic summer for the whole nation because of it.

"We've been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, but we were never quite sure how far this team could go", said Southgate.

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", he said (via Sky Sports).

The 27-year-old created more chances (6) in a single World Cup game than any other player in the tournament so far, and in the Three Lions' 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden, Trippier had passing accuracy rate of 75%, whilst also putting in ten unsafe crosses during the 90 minutes.

"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".

Gareth Southgate's Three Lions meet Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium for the right to take on France in the final, after their 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday. Biggest win in the tournament.

England is making waves at the World Cup in Russian Federation, and they're being followed by a bittersweet tune. We know what's at stake and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel because this is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".

The infectious song, with its chorus "It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home", was written by pop star Ian Broadie and comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner ahead of England's hosting of Euro 96.

Southgate's side have been buoyed by more than just an anthemic pop song, though.

He said: "I'm not surprised that Croatia have identified Raheem as a key player".

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years".

"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".

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