Gareth Southgate's £115 friendship bracelet could be bringing luck to England

Gareth Southgate's £115 friendship bracelet could be bringing luck to England

England will face Croatia in Moscow this evening in their first semi-final in the tournament since 1990, and Southgate does not expect his young team to freeze on the big occasion.

"It's not the same if you play 90 minutes twice and 120 minutes twice, but I believe we've had ample time to recover and we're professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said.

However, shortly after taking over the England team, Southgate made the players sit down and watch a replay of that horror show.

"They are proud to wear the shirt".

He added: "Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity, and sport has the power to do that (unite people)". We know what's at stake and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel because this is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".

But Southgate revealed he could not listen to it for many years. "I remember watching him at Tottenham coming up, a few times as a 15-year-old kid and he was just banging in goals then - and he's just carried that on season after season", Walker told IRN.

The song, recorded by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, has been echoing around the nation once again ever since it became apparent that Southgate and his team were going to have an extended stay in Russian Federation.

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England is ranked 12th in the world and Croatia 20th.

They won the 1998 tournament against Brazil but lost the 2006 final on penalties to Italy.

Several people were photographed on top of the ambulance.

"I always think big matches are a bit like weddings", he said. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", added Dalic, whose side are 20th in the world rankings - eight places below England.

"They're getting blamed for what my generation and generations that followed did".

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