Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle


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.

"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".

"If Southgate wins the World Cup he 100% deserves a knighthood", Ross Patrick, the man behind the idea, told the Press Association. At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.

Speaking to Yahoo Sport, the former Germany worldwide was glowing in his praise of Southgate's side, who will take on Croatia in a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

"I think they've done the country proud".

He wrote, after England's latest success: "If this carries on Gareth Southgate could save Marks & Spencer #Waistcoat".

"I think tonight (Wednesday) will be the biggest test for them".

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Wednesday's semi-final in the Luzhniki Stadium is the biggest game of Southgate's life and it will change forever if his band of brothers can continue their remarkable march through Russian Federation.

Pictured against Colombia with a Powerade bottle inscribed with instructions of each penalty taker he faced, Pickford knew where every penalty was likely to go and successfully saving the crucial kick from Carlos Bacca from 12-yards. "Croatia deserve respect, they've got some wonderful players".

"It gives you goosebumps just to see how happy they are with how we are doing". "It's [meant so] much to me and the whole team!"

"They've been through a lot", Southgate added. The way we train during the week is fantastic, always with high-intensity, everyone pushing each other.

Jordan Henderson was a fitness worry with a tight hamstring but trained fully alongside Jamie Vardy, who missed Saturday's win over Sweden with a groin injury.

England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home".