Croatia beats Russian Federation in shootout to reach semis

Posted July 09, 2018

Gareth Southgate is reaching god like levels of popularity at home and in Russian Federation amongst the fans, and he was the conductor of the audience as he celebrated the 2-0 win over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

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Former England captain David Beckham also hailed Gareth Southgate's side as "confident, professional and a team that are playing for each other, playing for the manager and playing for our country". We've just got to keep doing what we are doing. It was one where we had belief in the game plan, we kept playing the way we wanted to play and how we know we can play as a team, dominating possession, but being patient as well, because Sweden have proved in all their other games they're a hard team to play against. But today was a huge opportunity for us and it was not something we wanted to miss out on'.

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'We're in a World Cup semi-final - whether we're in the top four in the world is something we would still have to prove, I think, ' he said.

From the first match in the qualifiers against the Netherlands, the play-off against Italy and then come to this World Cup and do this. We are not the finished article and we do not have world class players yet, but we have young players who are prepared to be courageous on the ball and have shown a real mental resilience.

The defender watched England from the stands at Euro 2016, and he admitted that he has not yet fully come to terms with everything he has achieved in the last two years.

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Jubilant England fans entered the Swedish-founded store to sing "It's Coming Home" and celebrate England's triumphant quarter-final win on Saturday.

Now they are a main threat and a useful weapon and with no small thanks to Allan Russell, who is the man in charge of their set pieces.

Even if England does not win in Russian Federation or even make the final, there is still plenty more ground for this song to cover in 2018. "I thought the mentality and the spirit they showed in the last game (against Colombia) was fantastic".

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