England nowhere near their potential: Southgate

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England manager Gareth Southgate insists his side will face their toughest challenge of the World Cup to date when they lock horns with Croatia in the semi-final.

So what are you waiting for?

However, his exploits at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, including scoring the decisive second goal in the Three Lions' 2-0 quarter-final triumph over Sweden, have seen his stock rise even further. Against Sweden (2-0 win in the quarter-finals) they were magnificent.

First win on penalties in the World Cup.

All we can say is that for two of these four sides that answer will come sooner rather than later, as today (*producer jump zoom*): one of these nations is going home. We have had the chance to make a difference.

Asked at his eve-of-match press call if he had been inundated by requests for tickets to England's biggest match in a generation, Southgate revealed he had only invited his loved ones to Moscow. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said of the song by The Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which has, years later, become England's unofficial music at the tournament and has captured the imagination of the fans.

"I've had lots of lovely messages from people and some big influences in my life, all of whom have played a part in my sitting here today, so I'm very grateful for support and help I've had across my 30 years in football, and of course from my parents before that".

Overall, it has given Belgium a 32.6% chance of winning, closely followed by France with 29.8% while is England's chances of being crowned champions are 20.2%.

Southgate, who was surprised by the vest craze, said he never considered himself a "fashion icon" but loved the enthusiasm from supporters across the UK. Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us.

"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".

"This was near my house opposite the school I used to go to", he said. We still needed the win but I thought, "No, it's ridiculous".

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