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England nowhere near their potential, says manager Gareth Southgate

11 July 2018

Mbappe appeared unsafe throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

Speaking to Sky News, the ex-footballer said: "Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".

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England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home".

He said: "I think it's our year this time". There's no out and out stars and everybody just looks at them as young lads, making their way out, they've not got above their station.

"It was the book which never was but it's incredible to think that we're here now and he's taken England to the semi-finals".

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Footie fans rally behind Gareth Southgate ahead of England v Croatia semi-final with Waistcoat Wednesday. England went to extra time and penalties in its first knockout stage match but not in its second and should be a bit more fresh. "Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.

He said: "We thought we'd do well because you've got all the youngsters in now, you know there's no superstars where they just walk about, "I can do what I like". England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders.

Kane won't be short of motivation when England play Croatia, but Lovren's social media activity could have fuelled his fire.

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England manager Gareth Southgate admits it has been too painful to listen to Three Lions, the David Baddiel and Frank Skinner song which has become the national team's anthem, in two decades, but that success in this World Cup has meant he can finally stand it again.

England nowhere near their potential, says manager Gareth Southgate