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England fans in Moscow: It’s our year

11 Juillet 2018

The World Cup-winning side of 1966 is a distant memory now because what football fans across the world remember England as is a self-destructive team that never makes it to the final stages of any big tournaments. We have had to recover from conceding in the last minute, we have been through extra time, we have won on penalties and have made several pieces of history - the biggest win, the first knockout win for 10 years, the first quarter-final win after a long time.

England have been rewriting history in Russian Federation, and Southgate is hoping there will be more to come as they play their most important World Cup game since losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-finals of Italia '90.

Crowds gathered in Moscow's center on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in the city.

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years".

Football may not be the only thing "coming home" this month as England boss Gareth Southgate's World Cup waistcoat is being sought by the Museum of London.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, dropped more than $A5,000 on the bar tab.

England last went to a semi-final in 1990 and Croatia fought France in the semis in 1998.

Nicknamed "the Fiery Ones", that team has stood as an example to their successors ever since.

Several players and managers have a unusual belief that they must go through the exact same routine prior to every game in order to guarantee success but Southgate no longer falls into that category.

"I'll be going out to watch the game and I think we'll do it, I really do".

Southgate added: "You learn from situations in life and you are stronger for these moments and of course when I look at where we are in a tournament, I am proud of the way the players have played".

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", he said (via Sky Sports).

It is going to be a tricky fixture for Gareth Southgate's and since nobody is favourites in the anticipated clash, anything can happen in the coming couple of hours. Will England's wing backs get pushed back by the direct wingers Croatia have?

And the players are eyeing the chance to win a second crown on Sunday. We have emerging leaders, that team had six captains at their clubs.

We imagine if - sorry when - England get through to the final, BA and other companies will have to up their game even more.

It's great for English football to see their fans and country unite behind the team.

England fans in Moscow: It’s our year