It started off as a piece of quintessentially English humor.
"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games". "As an England fan you want to see good football and the team being ruthless in both boxes and they certainly have been that". They beat Denmark in the round of 16 and host Russian Federation in the quarter-finals this year, becoming only the second team with consecutive shootout wins in the same World Cup since Argentina defeated Yugoslavia and Italy in 1990.
"They are playing with the ultimate confident and it's a joy to watch", said the former Liverpool midfielder. But there's more to the Three Lions' success.More news: Wimbledon 2018 -- Men's quarterfinal matches
Should the Tottenham striker win the World Cup's Golden Boot trophy this week, then it would confirm his status as one of the strikers in world football, which could attract the attention of Europe's elite clubs.
However, following some notable performances for his country at the World Cup, the 22-year-old could be aiming for a permanent move for a top-level side following the conclusion of this summer's tournament. They've become the ultimate worldwide team.
Asked at his eve-of-match press call if he had been inundated by requests for tickets to England's biggest match in a generation, Southgate revealed he had only invited his loved ones to Moscow.
"Every one of them has got to be a captain on the field".
Southgate is however, well aware of the midfield Croatia possess.More news: England - World Cup - 12 July 2018
They doubled their lead with a Dele Alli header from a brilliant Jesse Lingard cross in the 59th minute.
"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".
"To have gone to the depths emotionally and physically in midweek [against Colombia], and controlled this game and withstood the physical test, was a sign of resilience of a young team who are maturing in front of our eyes". Now we have to be here another week.
London Ambulance Service tweeted photos of the badly damaged ambulance and the official Joint Response Unit Twitter account also tweeted to say: "We are better than this England".
This is a distinctly modern England side. Whether they were ravaging an IKEA store or filling the streets of Clapham, in south London, in one case crashing through a glass bus shelter, you can hear it in the background: "it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home". But Southgate has leaned upon time-honored worldwide soccer concepts in putting together his masterplan.More news: Croatia plots 'football Brexit' as England SWC semi looms
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