Southgate's World Cup waistcoats just the right fit for London museum

Southgate was speaking ahead of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday - the Three Lions' first appearance at this stage of the tournament in 28 years.

So what are you waiting for?

England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true.

"We needed Churchill, but we got Iain Duncan-Smith", an unnamed defender, later identified as Southgate, was quoted as saying in a 2004 book by Joe Lovejoy. "So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".

It is wonderful how some teams can fall apart when they concede a goal and their entire gameplan goes out the window.

"As an England fan you want to see good football and the team being ruthless in both boxes and they certainly have been that". "I'm sure Gareth will have addressed that after seeing how they struggled after conceding against Tunisia and then Colombia".

Trippier embraces Southgate after England beat Sweden on Saturday. We're pleased with the intelligence and style of our play. I'm not going to focus on that. We still needed the win but I thought, "No, it's ridiculous".

"I know my strengths and I know I'm no David Beckham!"

"After the Iceland game we knew things needed to change and there have been a lot of changes since that moment", said midfielder Eric Dier, who was substituted at halftime in the game.

"The enthusiasm they have for these players is because of the way they have not only played, but conducted themselves".

Southgate, though, has not forgotten others who have assisted him as a player, manager and person, adding: "Whenever you are involved in a tournament like this you think about those who have helped along the way: every coach and teacher, players I've played with..."

Loftus-Cheek started two out of England's three World Cup group games, and although he has yet to appear in the knockout stages for the Three Lions in Russian Federation, he has shown his potential as a combative and tough-tackling central midfielder, who is capable of playing for any Premier League side.

  • Joey Payne