Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Gareth Southgate: 10 Things You Should Know

Gareth Southgate: 10 Things You Should Know

But while many pundits and even England fans are surprised by their progress, Alli says the squad always believed they could go far.

A check on the English site of M&S on Wednesday morning found that there were two similar waistcoats on offer that were part of the English Football Association collection. "That is unbelievable, but I think it's time we knock it off the number one spot with Three Lions".

"They've seen we've got good lads who are incredibly proud to play, and are playing in a slightly different style to the one we've seen for a few years - playing with confidence on a big stage".

Southgate was a key player for England at Euro 96 but saw his penalty saved in the shoot-out at the end of the semi-final against Germany which saw them knocked out.

"Most of them weren't born when a lot of the stories we're talking about happened, so why as a coach would I try and put that at their door?"

Will Kumar, who was also dashing to the 8.45am departure, said: "After the second goal on Saturday I texted my wife and said, "I'm going", and that's when the planning started". 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. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".

The campaign, Wear a Waistcoat Wednesday, is inspired by England manager Gareth Southgate's fashion choice, which has led to an increase in sales in waistcoats across the country. Our boys in Russian Federation are doing us so proud. We know what's at stake and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel because this is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

England has usually flattered to deceive at most of their World Cup appearances and people are really sceptical of their ability to win the ultimate title this time. But it adds a dash of optimism and sunshine to an England team whose recent tournament experiences have been desolation and embarrassment.

"It's so hard in these games but you have to believe in yourself. We are looking to break all barriers".

However, through my crash course in the other* football, I keep finding more and more striking parallels in the trajectory of each team and their supporters.

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