Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

  • Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

In retrospect, we should have seen England's victory coming.

Yet it is England's creative, dynamic and intelligent midfield that will need to be on the top of its game against Croatia.

And so to 2006 in Germany, where England went out once again at the quarter final stage, once again after a shoot-out - this time to Portugal. They were also champions that year. For while Croatia looked excellent in the group stages they've needed penalties to get past Denmark and then hosts Russian Federation in the knockout rounds. Let's see what happens on Wednesday.

Ian Odgers has already been to Russian Federation for the World Cup and saw England's victory over Colombia via a penalty shoot out before travelling back home and missing the quarter-final against Sweden.

"We have some margin to get even better", 1France coach Didier Deschamps, the 1998 World Cup-winning captain, said.

The high street sports store is giving away free England football shirts if England win the World Cup. OK, his finishing could have been better against Sweden but all would be forgiven if he can get among the goals against Croatia and he's a 15/2 chance to score first.

Of the four countries left, all are European, with England, Belgium and Croatia represented by right-wing governments, and France by a centrist one.

Out of the 60 football games played in this World Cup, the football governing body FIFA named hosts Russian Federation as the best defending team so far.

To celebrate the waistcoat sales, Marks & Spencer launched National Waistcoat Day on the day of England's quarter final clash with Sweden.

Both France and Belgium won their respective groups. They memorably sparked into life in that incredible last 16 win over Argentina, but were back to being solid yet unspectacular against Uruguay.

Kane, who is the top goal scorer at the global showpiece in Russian Federation with six goals, feels reaching the final can inspire their next generation to keep dreaming big.