Southgate tells England stars: 'Be bigger than 1966 heroes'


Millions of football fans across the country watched as England secured a place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.

It would be England's first major final since '66 were they to succeed, when Sir Alf Ramsey led the Three Lions to World Cup glory.

Andrew Marr has joined other stars in wearing waistcoats in support of England manager Gareth Southgate, following the football team's win over Sweden.

On Monday the 23-strong squad completed a full training session a 10-minute drive away at their camp in Zelenogorsk, which was renovated by the Football Association and will be handed back to the local community after England leave.

England and Russian Federation could have met in a semi-final match this week, but Croatia beat the host nation on penalty kicks Saturday night. "Just care about a decent broadcast and another England win".

They will face Croatia, who had to endure a strength-sapping penalty shootout for the second consecutive match, in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday. Nadine Hanlon, 43, and husband Lee, 40, put the World Cup on a big screen next to the top table while they enjoyed their wedding breakfast.

He said: "We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won".

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"I don't know yet", he said, when asked what his plans were.

"I'm not surprised at all", said 23-year-old Baker about his former MK Dons team-mate.

"My guys feel like conscript soldiers whose term of service was over just when they were preparing to go into battle".

Nevertheless Rowe, a devoted England fan who has spent around £50,000 (56,600 euros, $66,500) to follow England over the past two decades, will wear his £65 Marks and Spencer waistcoat again on Wednesday. "Like I did with most rounds, with a curry and a beer".

There is no bunting in the cafes or at the supermarket which several members of the team have visited on rest days.

"They've been through a lot", Southgate added.

"No. Obviously during Euro 96 it was a great time being an England player but you never thought that Gareth would go on to do what he's doing now", he said.