England nowhere near their potential, says manager Gareth Southgate

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It became an instant hit and was belted out in pubs, night clubs, on the streets and in football stadiums throughout the tournament as an England team featuring centre back Southgate reached the semi-finals.

In the last four they met their 1990 World Cup semi-final nemesis Germany, who gatecrashed the hosts' party by winning a penalty shootout after England's sixth spot-kick - taken by Southgate - was saved.

Gareth Southgate declare that "The key is how you respond to failure and react to it", well as a Newcastle and England fan I have plenty experience of failure, so let's hope we are all still looking forward to Sunday's final after tonight.

"England are very strong, they have very good individual players".

"Our players did a great job".

Croatia have never been to a World Cup final, though they reached the semi-finals in 1998 with a team featuring the likes of Slavan Bilic and Davor Suker.

"It's only when you pass the group stage, when you lose the teams who are not at the right level, that the World Cup really starts for me".

He said: "I think Croatia have a better side".

Both of his goals came from set-plays, and given he is averaging 0.29 xG per 90 minutes, he can be expected to get at least one chance in this game. I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton. "I've been jokingly saying that football's coming home, but now there's no reason why we can't win it". "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".

After the win against Sweden, Bournemouth experienced a party atmosphere as thousands flooded into the streets.

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