Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat set for a place in history

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"The enthusiasm they have for these players is because of the way they have not only played, but conducted themselves. It was important he tried to reconnect with the fans and he certainly has done that".

Houghton, who also captains Manchester City's women's side, has been impressed with the England side, as well as their manager Southgate.

It's great for them they have got some enjoyable experiences of playing for England.

The hunger of players has been there for everyone to see, we are proud of the style they have played. "I'm sure Gareth will have addressed that after seeing how they struggled after conceding against Tunisia and then Colombia".

"We can feel the energy form home and that is a privilege for us".

Slap a waistcoat on him, and it's not a million miles away from the man who has led England with such distinction in Russian Federation, and who stands on the brink of something truly historic. "It's a very special feeling, it's a privilege for us".

"We hope everyone enjoys the match and it goes without saying we hope England win". The team is getting better and better with every game and that was the same with us in 1966, which is why I'm quietly optimistic. "They work hard for each other and there are no big superstars".

Such is the interest in England's first World Cup semifinal since 1990 that the system crashed when London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced 30,000 free tickets would be made available to watch the game in Hyde Park via a ballot. Known for his man-management skills, Blazevic inspired Croatia to the knockout stages of Euro 96, where they were beaten by eventual winners Germany, before going even further two years later. "It's going to be tough but let's say it's definitely coming home".

England's captain has been his country's saviour at the World Cup, and now leads the tournament's goal-scoring charts with six goals in four games.

After winning back-to-back penalty shootouts to reach their second-ever (1998) World Cup semifinal, Croatia's tank will be closer to empty than any of the four sides still competing in Russian Federation, but Modric believes they can dig deep once more and qualify for the final.

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