William's call to England: It's coming home!

Brenda Watkins
July 12, 2018

"Probably 18 months ago I talked to them about if you have success with England, it will be so much bigger than anything you can imagine, and I think that is probably starting to register with them now", Southgate said after Saturday's 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden.

So what are you waiting for?

On the eve of the game, England manager Southgate said he hoped the team's successful run at the tournament would help unify the country after "some hard moments" in recent years - an apparent reference to Brexit.

"Southgate wants his players and his team to be themselves and to be together".

Southgate was a key player for England at Euro 96 but saw his penalty saved in the shoot-out at the end of the semi-final against Germany which saw them knocked out. England is set to face Croatia on Wednesday in the FIFA World Cup semifinal.

France await the winners in the final, but Southgate is convinced the future is bright whatever the outcome.

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Anderson, meanwhile, is coming off a four-set win over Gael Monfils that saw three of those sets go to a tiebreaker. It snapped an 85-match run of holds by the Swiss but he did not flinch, hitting back to take the set on a tiebreak.

England have been based in Repino near St. Petersburg for the tournament, but their campaign has taken them to five different host cities.

Along with the 1966 squad who won the World Cup, and the 1990 vintage who reached the last four, the 1996 side is one of the most beloved England teams of the modern era.

He said: "We are really proud of the support we have received".

England women are now trying to qualify for next year's World Cup. I am delighted that good teamwork has meant we have been able to pull out all the stops alongside Government and other agencies to arrange this big screening.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

"The welcome of the Russian people has been top", Southgate said.

The civic buildings of Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall will also be lit up red and white on both Tuesday and Wednesday night in order to cheer on England, alongside proudly flying a St George's flag.

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