Sterling at heart of England World Cup bid despite goal drought

John Stones and Harry Maguire have been important at both ends

They now potentially stand just 90 minutes away from their first major tournament final in 52 years, when they last won the World Cup back in 1966.

The civic buildings of Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall will also be lit up red and white on both Tuesday and Wednesday night in order to cheer on England, alongside proudly flying a St George's flag.

"But I think - and I said the same before the game against Russian Federation - it will be 50-50 against England".

"Obviously we've been very strong at set-pieces so continuing to work on them and exploiting Croatia's weaknesses will be vital again".

Southgate will be hoping the bracelet continues to bring him luck when England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday night. "We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional". So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud.

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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.

Well it's not QUITE Southgate - but Southgate is REASONABLY equidistant between the two places that helped mould the England manager we now all love to sing reworked Atomic Kitten songs about.

The retailer has been England's official suit sponsor since 2007, and Southgate has now made the waistcoat everyday attire for many. Rather than having the players appear on the record singing about playing for England, player cameos were limited to the video while the song itself was sung by The Lightning Seeds with comic duo Baddiel & Skinner and described the emotional rollercoaster that is supporting England's football team ("30 years of hurt"). A subtle redirection, but one that would subsequently redefine the genre. We have reached the semifinal stage and fancy England to get the job done against Croatia this week. Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, and Sweden were all sent packing in the quarter-finals.

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

But you wouldn't know it judging by the training exercise the Three Lions have been taking part in.

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