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Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat set for a place in history

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Eugene Bates | 13 July, 2018, 07:44

The England manager is on the verge of leading his Three Lions to the World Cup final and a shot at immortality.

"I am so glad to say he's proved all those critics wrong".

Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).

The strategy takes into account 200,000 statistical models, data on individual players and team performance and ran one million simulations before making its judgement.

"At the beginning we were working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long term".

Videos posted to social media saw huge crowds fill the streets in cities across the country after the team made it through to the World Cup semi-finals.

We've given you five minutes to get all your wrong answers out and we should also point out that he did deploy someone in midfield that night who is more accustomed to a role as a striker.

Southgate was speaking ahead of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday - the Three Lions' first appearance at this stage of the tournament in 28 years.

"Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity and I think sport has the power to do that and football in particular has the power to do that".

Gareth Southgate has good memories of the summer of 1990, when England were managed by Bobby Robson, pictured (PA Archive).

"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament. Croatia deserve respect, they've got some wonderful players". "I know I can play better than that". "It's just little stuff to maybe give us an edge". "As for our National Football Team ... that does make me proud to be English!"

"Whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", he added.

Jordan Henderson was a fitness worry with a tight hamstring but trained fully alongside Jamie Vardy, who missed Saturday's win over Sweden with a groin injury.

The situation is a far cry away from the bitter disappointments of Euro 2016 and crashing out at the hands of Iceland, and England as a country appear to have been united by football fever.

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