England boss Gareth Southgate not relying on superstitions to get past Croatia

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

So what are you waiting for?

Shilton, who won 125 caps for his country, was the goalkeeper for England last World Cup semi-final appearance when West Germany beat Bobby Robson's side on penalties. It's unbelievable because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.

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

"We hope everyone enjoys the match and it goes without saying we hope England win".

England will also be keen to avoid further penalty drama as they face a side who have won both of their knockout matches, against Denmark and then hosts Russian Federation, via shootouts. "I'm sure Gareth will have addressed that after seeing how they struggled after conceding against Tunisia and then Colombia".

It's time for Gareth Southgate to come up with a big speech of his own.

'Taking part is simple: proudly display one of our posters to encourage everyone to don their favourite armless attire, make a donation towards life-changing blood cancer research and get ready to celebrate as the Three Lions sail through to the finals'. "We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional".

"No one wants to go home". We still needed the win but I thought, "No, it's ridiculous".

"I have been in sport in different areas for long enough to know what my life is day to day".

"But we didn't know all that over there, we'd never experienced it".

"Obviously, you hear it (the song) all the time, it is stuck in your head because we are watching all the videos, it is exciting times and I'm loving every video we see from back home".

"You're always conscious of those who have helped you, and my parents before them... those who were there for you in hard times, as well as when things were going well".

"We also feel we've had events on when we've been in camp when some of those guys [from the 1966 squad] have been in, when the road was named at St George's [Park National Football Centre, England's training base at home] after Sir Alf [Ramsey, the World Cup-winning coach in 1966]".