England great Shilton impressed by Southgate's measured approach

Screens were smaller, tellies were fat and there were only five channels.

Southgate and his players trained at their base in Repino on Tuesday morning before heading for Moscow and the Luzhniki Stadium where their fate will be decided on Wednesday evening.

"All the celebrations and the songs they are singing back home, it inspires us as players to be able to bring the nation together and put smiles on people's faces". They have been great ambassadors for our country.

"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 are all pampered, they're all headphones and you can't get anything out of them", said former player turned analyst Chris Waddle. I think, to be fair, the public have done that. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".

After England gave up a tying goal to Brazil in first-half stoppage time in the 2002 Soccer World Cup quarter-finals, Southgate felt coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lacked inspirational oratory in the locker room at half-time. "They work hard for each other and there are no big superstars".

"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games". Known for his man-management skills, Blazevic inspired Croatia to the knockout stages of Euro 96, where they were beaten by eventual winners Germany, before going even further two years later.

Although Wembley was the home of English football long before 1990, back then England's home matches happened under the twin towers, rather than the arch. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

Now, charity Bloodwise is jumping on the World Cup fever and is urging everyone to get involved in "Waistcoat Wednesday" by donning one of their own to watch England take on Croatia in their semi-final match.

England's captain has been his country's saviour at the World Cup, and now leads the tournament's goal-scoring charts with six goals in four games.


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