Gareth Southgate: 'I couldn't listen to Three Lions for 20 years'


Football may not be the only thing "coming home" this month as England boss Gareth Southgate's World Cup waistcoat is being sought by the Museum of London. First knockout win for 10 years.

The result against the tiny Scandinavian country, who had clearly been hugely undervalued, was a humiliation for a proud football nation that appeared to have badly lost its way.

"The style of play has changed and so have attitudes".

Southgate is becoming a national hero in England after leading the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. "His movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free kicks and corners", Sterling has been a great asset", Southgate pointed out.

A further two players - Jordan Henderson and John Stones - were sat on the bench watching the nightmare unfold. "It's completely irrelevant, that one defeat against Spurs". You want to hide and not come out of your room. He said he didn't want Hart and he didn't want Rooney.

"England has been the most impressive team so far".

Andy White, the head of PE at the Radcliffe School, used to teach Alli and says he always knew he was a special talent.

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"So, we were at home and I went to get changed and I thought, "Hmmm, shall I wear those socks?'".

Southgate's mantra of "playing with freedom" certainly appears to have been drawn from that bitter experience where England looked frozen by fear.

Loftus-Cheek started two out of England's three World Cup group games, and although he has yet to appear in the knockout stages for the Three Lions in Russian Federation, he has shown his potential as a combative and tough-tackling central midfielder, who is capable of playing for any Premier League side.

"In 1996, we had every game at Wembley and that was an advantage for us".

On the eve of the game, England manager Southgate said he hoped the team's successful run at the tournament would help unify the country after "some hard moments" in recent years - an apparent reference to Brexit. Two years is a long period.

"We've made several pieces of history".