Sterling at heart of England World Cup bid despite goal drought

  • Sterling at heart of England World Cup bid despite goal drought

Sterling at heart of England World Cup bid despite goal drought

It may be coming home to No 1 on the United Kingdom singles charts but the coach of the England's national football team, Gareth Southgate, has revealed that he used to detest the popular Three Lions anthem.

Sterling has started four of England's five games on their run to the semi-finals, looking threatening at times yet unable to end an worldwide goal drought that dates back to October 2015. We achieved success as a compact team who do not give in, who work for one another and this is maybe one of the best periods for Luka.

And England supporters have found that refreshing after years of underperforming teams led by stars such as David Beckham, who became as much a celebrity as an athlete.

England have been rewriting history in Russian Federation, and Southgate is hoping there will be more to come as they play their most important World Cup game since losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-finals of Italia '90.

"The Boss (Sir Bobby Robson) did that in 1990 and, since then we've had Terry Venables (at Euro 96) but not really anyone else who has managed to get the country together". Two of these have never won one; let alone even made a World Cup final - will either of Belgium or Croatia make history?

"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?"

Rafa Benitez says England have a "great chance" of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966.

But let's think: How might football come home to Singapore when football fans are more conversant with the transfer values of English Premier League players than names of our national team? "That's why I'm here - I don't want to miss that".

United Kingdom blood charity Bloodwise has launched a campaign in the run-up to tonight's England and Croatia semi-final match in Moscow, where it is asking fans to wear a waistcoat and donate to blood cancer research.

England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home". "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".