VideoUS singer Justin Timberlake came out in support of the England football team ahead of their World Cup semi-final by leading a chant of "It's coming home" at his concert at the O2 Arena in London on Monday.
England progressed to the last four of football's flagship tournament for the first time since 1990 with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday while Croatia advanced by overcoming hosts Russian Federation on penalties.
He is now trying to minimise potential distractions as his young team prepare to take the next step in their bid to repeat the 1966 World Cup triumph at home.
Southgate, who was in the last England side that reached the semifinal of their last major tournament (Euro 1996), has carried a young and vibrant team to Russian Federation but worked his charm with the players ahead of the World Cup. "Our preparation for the game has been identical". Ask Justin Timeberlake, and he'll tell you the same thing. All of that work is great but you really have to achieve at senior level in the end for that to be fulfilled.
Wednesday's World Cup semifinal game between England and Croatia is at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.
Alli will be part of the England side heading to Saint Petersburg on Wednesday for their crucial World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia. That has to be spot on the further you go in the tournament ...
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The challenge posed by Croatia is likely to be more demanding, especially as Zlatko Dalic's side features one of the best midfield pairings around, in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarizing debate in England with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.
"We believed in its potential, and I think the games that we've prepared for, we had belief we would win, but there is still pressure in all of those matches, so I'm really pleased with how the team have emerged and developed".
"It has a slightly different feel for me but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".
Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates with Dejan Lovren after winning the quarterfinal match between Russian Federation and Croatia.
"I've played against Modric a few times and he's a world-class player, probably one of the best I've played against. We feel much easier at this point", said striker Mario Mandzukic. Their players have won nine Champions Leagues between them, compared to England's one, and 11 of their squad have more than 40 caps.
"We will get a good group of us together to watch it - we haven't decided where yet, it might be Crown", Mr Zlendic said. "But it was a long time ago so not too many of us can remember that far back".