How a Harrogate tailor helped England boss Gareth Southgate inspire 'Waistcoat Wednesday'

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"I'll tell you a story about me and superstitions", Southgate said ahead of England's World Cup semi-final with Croatia.

Mbappe appeared risky throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia.

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see".

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said on Tuesday.

The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game.

"So, we were at home and I went to get changed and I thought, "Hmmm, shall I wear those socks?'".

Southgate displayed his character after England's July 3 victory over Colombia, offering a supportive hug to Colombian player Mateus Uribe after his miss in a penalty shootout helped England advance.

They beat Denmark in the round of 16 and host Russian Federation in the quarter-finals this year, becoming only the second team with consecutive shootout wins in the same World Cup since Argentina defeated Yugoslavia and Italy in 1990. We're looking forward to seeing Gareth in yet another gorgeous waistcoat at Wednesday's match. Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of unity but sport has the power to unite - and football in particular has the power to do that.

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

Southgate acknowledged that the team may have helped bring the country together in a time of political crisis.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

Beattie has been impressed by the way Southgate has created a united front at this World Cup, with supporters up and down the country dreaming that football might, just, be coming home.

Three Lions, recorded by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, was originally written for Euro 1996, another tournament where England made a run through to the semifinals.

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