Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on England's World Cup hopes

  • Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on England's World Cup hopes

Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on England's World Cup hopes

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic says nobody should be surprised at his side reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup for only the second time in their history.

However, ahead of England v Croatia tonight, I can't disagree this time.

It's been over 600 days since Gareth Southgate took charge of his first England game.


"We were looking at doing something with an England player from the 1998 World Cup and Gareth agreed to do the book, which I was going to write".

They return to Moscow for the game against Croatia, having played in the Russian capital in the last 16 against Colombia, albeit at the smaller Spartak Stadium.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "England's performances under the astute management and leadership of Gareth Southgate in this World Cup have been absolutely sensational and instilled enormous excitement and pride in people of all ages across the country and of course here in Leeds".

"Croatia have got good players right through their team and, without a doubt, they will be the best team that England have played at this World Cup..."

Get your waistcoats out, LADS!

"I'm certainly proud of the support we're receiving".

Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton. We go 1-0 down, in danger of going home.

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

The song was released before Euro '96, when Southgate missed England's crucial penalty as they lost a semi-final shootout to Germany at Wembley.

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