For 20 years, football wasn't coming home for England boss Southgate

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

Three Lions, recorded by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, was originally written for Euro 1996, another tournament where England made a run through to the semifinals.

Gary Neville has said that England fans should be proud of their countries achievement, despite their elimination from the World Cup, insisting that the Three Lions have overachieved this summer.

"It was not the outcome we wanted and as painful as it is right now, I'm sure we will learn an very bad lot from last night's game".

"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get".

"We have overcome so many challenges that have haunted England in the past. We were a group of guys having a lot of fun, enjoying our football, learning and improving all the time - and that's what these lads have done".

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Croatia have yet to lose at this summer's World Cup, having blitzed through the group stage with wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland, before edging past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties. However, now they have been dumped out, some fans are feeling that all so familiar sense of disappointment in the national team, who have only ever reached one final of a major tournament, and that was back in 1966.

England's midfielder Jordan Henderson and Gareth Southgate at the Luxhniki Stadium.

Speaking to Sky News 22 years on, the ex-footballer said: "Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".

"I would just walk out of the room". First of all I'm so proud of this team and staff for giving everything we could over a long period of time together. "So for me it has a slightly different feel", Southgate told reporters on Tuesday, before adding: "But it's nice to hear people are listening to it again".

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