Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Sir Geoff Hurst thinks it's coming home

Sir Geoff Hurst thinks it's coming home

It's back to training this morning for England's World Cup squad as they prepare to face Croatia in the semi-finals.

Gareth Southgate believes his England team winning the World Cup might be greeted with even greater fanfare than Sir Alf Ramsey's heroes enjoyed when they lifted the trophy in 1966.

Past campaigns at major tournaments have seen England stay in upmarket hotels or glamorous resorts but the manager Gareth Southgate deliberately opted for a quiet location with few distractions.

"We looked composed", England captain Harry Kane said. But now we know, it's more than just a waistcoat (also available at Marks and Spencer); it's a lucky waistcoat.

Of Wednesday's semi-final clash, Hurst added: "Croatia look a very good team, (they have) very good players in (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic, they look a unsafe side".

He said on Sky Sports: "The Croatia game is going to be difficult, I think it's going to be our hardest test, but when you look at both teams, for me, England have got a lot more than what Croatia have got".

"Pickford, for me, is sort of the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be", Southgate said.

It was a theme he returned to post-match on Saturday.

Southgate has made bold decisions to cast aside Jack Wilshere, Rooney and Hart among others, and then replaced them with inexperienced players.

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".

"I signed kids' napkins in McDonald's in 96 after he missed the penalty, have been shouted at by Colombian fans and got free beers in the Irish bar", Rowe told the BBC.

Tens of thousands of Russian soccer fans gathered in Moscow on Sunday to cheer the national team after its narrow defeat to Croatia brought an unlikely World Cup run to an emotional end.

The team also features several players of Afro-Caribbean heritage, including Raheem Sterling who was born in Jamaica.

England fan Paul Seligson, a 61-year-old teacher, told The Sun he will heed their call to wear a waistcoat although with Britain now in the midsst of a heatwave he could be in for an uncomfortable time.

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