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

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

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

Gareth Southgate's Three Lions meet Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium for the right to take on France in the final, after their 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday.

So what are you waiting for?

Throughout the World Cup, Southgate has been branded a tactical genius and has been praised for the way he handles the media. It's incredible because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.

Can you name the starting XI from Southgate's match in charge?

Croatia finished top of Group D by beating Nigeria 2-0, Argentina 3-0 and Iceland 2-1, but needed penalty shootouts to get past Denmark in the last 16 and Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

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

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.

"This was near my house opposite the school I used to go to", he said.

Asked at his eve-of-match press call if he had been inundated by requests for tickets to England's biggest match in a generation, Southgate revealed he had only invited his loved ones to Moscow.

After winning back-to-back penalty shootouts to reach their second-ever (1998) World Cup semifinal, Croatia's tank will be closer to empty than any of the four sides still competing in Russian Federation, but Modric believes they can dig deep once more and qualify for the final.

"It's a very short change around and the travel is a bit more complicated so, quite simply, I've just got my family coming". "We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional".

A campaign is gathering pace for the flawless waistcoat to be mass produced, England official's waistcoat, with "It's Coming Home" stitched into it after a cheeky advert by Huawei which went viral. "Croatia don't have the sort of attacking players who can really make something out of nothing, so Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be relied upon to engineer opportunities and we need to limit their time on the ball".

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what individuals are capable of, definitely", the Three Lions boss added.

"I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly", said Southgate.

The England boss was amused at the prospect of fans both in Russian Federation and back at home observing Waistcoat Wednesday in tribute to the man who has guided the nation to within perhaps just 90 minutes of a first final since 1966.

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