Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

Southgate is becoming a national hero in England after leading the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

So what are you waiting for?

France advanced to the final of the 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday, which means Les Bleus will need an opponent for Sunday's world champion-crowing clash in Moscow, Russia.

Alli will surely start again for Gareth Southgate's side, and he will be part of a midfield attempting to stop Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid's Luka Modric from running riot.

"I think we can beat Croatia, get in the final and anything can happen".

I have a picture of a group of young footballers, resplendent in slightly baggy Crystal Palace club suits, smiling for the cameras just before they leave for a youth team trip to Portugal.

Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their worldwide careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.

"Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity and I think sport has the power to do that and football in particular has the power to do that".

Gareth Southgate and his waistcoat-wearing antics has done absolute wonders for Marks and Spencers. When I went to get changed at the hotel, I'd forgotten my socks.

"It's quite unusual for me to witness all the hype and the crowds and how excited they are because that's what it must have been (like) in Italia 90 when we got to the semis", he explained.

He said: "I'm not surprised that Croatia have identified Raheem as a key player. He knew there was a chance to make history.

With England a win away from their first World Cup final appearance since 1966, it is clear that the Iceland loss marked not just a low point for the Three Lions but a turning point.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier, [with] social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

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