Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Gareth Southgate has nation preparing for Waistcoat Wednesday

Gareth Southgate has nation preparing for Waistcoat Wednesday

The Spurs forward and Golden Boot hopeful is preparing for England's biggest game in decades on Wednesday when the Three Lions take on Croatia in the semi-final.

I think Gareth Southgate's letting the team see one or two clips of the fans and that's good because it wasn't until we'd got home the enormity of what we've achieved.

First win on penalties in the World Cup.

"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won [the World Cup in 1966], how they're still held and revered", Southgate told reporters.

Videos posted to social media saw huge crowds fill the streets in cities across the country after the team made it through to the World Cup semi-finals.

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The organisation said: "In honour of the England boss' new-found football fashionista status, we're inviting supporters to grab a waistcoat (or print one - in England colours of course!) and button up to beat blood cancer".

"They were sending them to their mums, dads and grandparents who wouldn't believe them when they said how similar I looked!"

He said: "Well, I think I've said this before, but I was not a renowned fashion icon throughout my playing career, so it's rather unusual to feel that way now".

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

Kane, who is the top goal scorer at the global showpiece in Russian Federation with six goals, feels reaching the final can inspire their next generation to keep dreaming big.

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Southgate is more interested in kicking on than wondering if they would get the kind of rapturous reception that greeted Sir Bobby Robson's men 28 years ago, although that summer left a lasting impact on him.

England's Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring the first goal against Sweden July 7, 2018. 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.

"I don't think the players are as good as they have been in the past, but it nearly doesn't matter", he added.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there".

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go". Football is coming home!'

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