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

Russia v Croatia – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Quarter Final – Fisht Stadium

Phillip Schofield embraces Waistcoat Wednesday for World Cup semi-finals between England and Croatia

Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sweden took manager Gareth Southgate's team into a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years, raising the prospect of England possibly winning the tournament for the first time since 1966.

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

All Gareth Southgate's team have to do now is see off Croatia and then beat either France or Belgium in the final.

And they've revealed that since the showpiece began, sales of waistcoats have doubled due to people wanting to channel their inner Southgate. With 60 minutes of extra time and two penalty-kick shootouts, it's as if Croatia has played an entire extra match.

Scott Ratcliffe and his 10-year-old son Eliott, who has broken up from school, were in the queue to pick up their Fan IDs, having arrived in Moscow on Tuesday.

Arif Qureshi, 61, had just dropped off a customer in Nottingham when his vehicle was surrounded by fans celebrating the quarter-final victory against Sweden. "It's been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going".

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"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games".

He said: "We are really proud of the support we have received". Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of unity but sport has the power to unite - and football in particular has the power to do that.

What's more, a quick browse on the World Cup collection section on the official M&S website, where the Southgate-style waistcoat is priced at £65, shows that it's only available in XXL online.

It is the nation's first semi-final in the tournament since 1990, when the Three Lions lost to West Germany on penalties.

"Football's Coming Home is a song I couldn't even listen to for 20 years, frankly". "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

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