England nowhere near their potential: Southgate

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Croatia have won their way through to the World Cup semi-finals for the second timeMore

Three Lions has become the anthem of England's World Cup campaign but Gareth Southgate has revealed that such was the pain of his penalty shoot-out miss at Euro 96, when the song was first released, that he could not bear to listen to it again.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

He said: "This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age, but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years with their clubs and with us".

Just the small matter of a game in which Croatia stand between Southgate and his ambition of matching Sir Alf Ramsey's feat of taking England to the World Cup final. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

"We want Gareth and the players to know that the city of Leeds is right behind them when they take on Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday". "We'll be there and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity seeing them in the World Cup".

"Our supporters and our country has had a long time suffering in terms of football".

The win led to a lot of off-key renditions of God Save The Queen and Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) in pubs across both England and Australia.

Southgate's side have been buoyed by more than just an anthemic pop song, though.

Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990.

"It had tactical understanding, it had technically good players".

"The Museum of London have. announced their plans to acquire one of Gareth Southgate's suits as part of their permanent collection", it said in a statement.

In case, England goes on to win the match, Croatian stores in the United Kingdom, if there are any, may need to be wary of overenthusiastic fans.

Against Sweden (2-0 win in the quarter-finals) they were magnificent.

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