Southgate proud of England support after 20 years of personal hurt

Dele Alli celebrates scoring against Sweden

World Cup fever is gripping the country as the Three Lions defied expectations to go their furtherest in the tournament since 1990.

After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.

"I'm not normally a massive football fan, but it brings everybody together", he said.

Fans have been dancing in the town's streets and chanting It's Coming Home following England's wins earlier in the tournament.

Travelling fan Joe Settle, 62, and his son Andrew, from Bolton, said they couldn't miss the chance to see England in the semi final.

"So I think he will be leaving, but that could be good news for Leicester".

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Southgate's England take on Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow, having beaten Sweden 2-0 in the last eight in Samara.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Gareth Southgate and the boys have done a fantastic job and I'm sure that they're going to go on to do well and I wish them all the very best of luck tonight".

"The feel of this group of players is very similar to the players we had then, but that team was a lot more experienced in terms of age and experience of big matches", Southgate recalled.

Arif Qureshi, 61, had just dropped off a customer in Nottingham when his auto was surrounded by fans celebrating the quarter-final victory against Sweden. "I still look back on it as an incredible life experience and to be involved with it, I just needed a bit of time to get over it", Southgate said. England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders. "It's exciting times for these young fellas".

And the 19-year-old was overwhelmed at the thought of helping France reach the final in his first appearance at a World Cup.

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