Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat set for a place in history

It is coming home? Odds on England World Cup win shorten after Sweden win

Southgate acknowledges England players are in a different era

It may be coming home to No 1 on the United Kingdom singles charts but the coach of the England's national football team, Gareth Southgate, has revealed that he used to detest the popular Three Lions anthem.

They now potentially stand just 90 minutes away from their first major tournament final in 52 years, when they last won the World Cup back in 1966.

"I was here last summer for the Confederations Cup, and it was exactly the same, there were a lot of stories going into the tournament that I knew weren't going to be true, and that's proved to be the case", former England global Southgate added.

Fellow fan Alex Klein, 28, added: "If we win, if we beat Croatia I'll, I'll probably cry, because to see England in a World Cup final is, is like a dream, a lifelong dream".

But British Airways, which has seen a 700 percent increase in searches for flights to Russian Federation on its website since England's penalty shootout win over Colombia last week, has now released hundreds more seats on Moscow flights by using bigger planes. The only thing coming home from Russian Federation would be Gareth Southgate and his players, and if they were lucky they would do so having not been humiliated.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

But Southgate revealed he could not listen to it for many years.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes victory over England would spark a huge party in the country.

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"I think there'll be a bit of nerves as the day comes but a bit of excitement as well because you know you've always dreamed of playing in a World Cup final". They have real enthusiasm for these players, not only for the way they have played but also for the way they have conducted themselves.

The iconic football song has become the anthem for England's 2018 World Cup bid, but it has a very different meaning to their football manager, who is famed for missing a crucial penalty in Euro 1996.

Southgate, who was surprised by the vest craze, said he never considered himself a "fashion icon" but loved the enthusiasm from supporters across the UK.

"It's nice to hear people enjoying it again, anyway".

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years". "We've got to this point because the collective has been so strong", Southgate said after the quarterfinal win over Sweden on Saturday.

This is only the second time the model has changed its forecast all tournament and did so after its pre-competition favourites Brazil crashed out 2-1 against Belgium in the quarter-finals.

"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".

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