Kent fans watch England in World Cup semi-final against Croatia

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2018

England face Croatia tonight in just the third semi-final in their history, and a victory for Southgate's men will see them book a date in the World Cup final against France next Sunday in Moscow.

Kane won't be short of motivation when England play Croatia, but Lovren's social media activity could have fuelled his fire.

The iconic Black Prince statue in City Square is now holding an England flag and its very own football.

. "It's been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going".

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium. "We'll be there and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity seeing them in the World Cup".

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

Southgate is well aware of the near-hysteria among England's support at home, and takes pride from the manner in which his team is unifying the country. We have had the chance to make a difference. Our supporters have had a long time of suffering in terms of football. The enthusiasm they have for these players, they've been brilliant ambassadors for our country, it's great for them they've got some enjoyable moments playing for England now.

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

"Our country's been through some hard moments in terms of unity and football has the power to do that".

Waistcoat sales have rocketed thanks to the Southgate effect according to retailer Marks & Spencer, the official suit supplier to the England team.

It is the nation's first semi-final in the tournament since 1990, when the Three Lions lost to West Germany on penalties.

William said: "Come on England - it's coming home!" "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said of the song by The Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which has, years later, become England's unofficial music at the tournament and has captured the imagination of the fans.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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