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How a Harrogate tailor helped England boss Gareth Southgate inspire 'Waistcoat Wednesday'

11 July 2018, 10:00 | Anna Jefferson

REUTERSHarry Maguire says England should not settle for reaching the semi-finals

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Asked how he would avoid the song, Southgate added: "I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".

Elsewhere, fans were also filmed singing the song on nearby Nikolskaya Street, which has become the de facto meeting point for fans during the World Cup; this time inflatable planes were replaced by arm salutes signaling aircrafts.

England will face Croatia in Moscow this evening in their first semi-final in the tournament since 1990, and Southgate does not expect his young team to freeze on the big occasion. "We'll be there and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity seeing them in the World Cup".

"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience".

They beat Denmark in the round of 16 and host Russian Federation in the quarter-finals this year, becoming only the second team with consecutive shootout wins in the same World Cup since Argentina defeated Yugoslavia and Italy in 1990.

Following in the footsteps of the heroes of 1966 had looked a pipe dream this summer, but Southgate has created an impressive bond and shaped his promising team into World Cup challengers.

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United Kingdom blood charity Bloodwise has launched a campaign in the run-up to tonight's England and Croatia semi-final match in Moscow, where it is asking fans to wear a waistcoat and donate to blood cancer research.

Three of England's goals have come from the penalty spot, all converted by Kane, and the team won a penalty shootout for the first time at a World Cup to beat Colombia.

"I hope Belgium are going to do it", Van der Sar told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Adidas.

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see".

That has also translated into huge support back home in football-mad England.

England fans sing their football anthem "Three Lions (Football's Coming Home)", originally performed in 1996 and 1998 by Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds.



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