Coach Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

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England's journey to the World Cup semi-finals has captured the imagination of the whole country - not least in Milton Keynes where children are dreaming of becoming the next Dele Alli.

In fact, the feel-good story could continue for some of England's players after the tournament has concluded, as the world has stood up and watched this young Three Lions team grow into potential world beaters.

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.

"Most of them weren't born when a lot of the stories we're talking about happened, so why as a coach would I try and put that at their door?"

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Here are the six England players who are most likely to get a career-changing move after their exploits in Russian Federation. "We've learned from our mistakes, which is the most important thing, and we've made things right", he said.

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

Southgate is well aware of the near-hysteria among England's support at home, and takes pride from the manner in which his team is unifying the country.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium. Croatia lost their only previous semi-final match to host France in 1998.

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Rose, 28, has seen limited game time in Russian Federation , with Ashley Young being preferred in the left wingback role. In response, Kylian Mbappé had one thing to say to the jibes from Belgian players: "If I offended them, I apologise".

"For us as a team, yes, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".

The song, recorded by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, has been echoing around the nation once again ever since it became apparent that Southgate and his team were going to have an extended stay in Russian Federation.

"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".

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