“We are excited about the future but also we want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow as well”.
“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”.
Southgate praised his players for their diligence and commitment ahead of a game that he believes his players approach as well prepared as possible.
The Langley Road alehouse – situated close to where England’s manager was born – is rallying behind the Three Lions boss.
As Sportsmail reported on Tuesday, Southgate is set to name an unchanged side for the third consecutive game. We’re pleased with the intelligence and style of our play. So, I went to the kit-man and I borrowed a pair of black goalkeeper socks.
The team that reached that stage in 1966 went on to win the tournament on home soil and Shilton is backing this team to do likewise. We still needed the win but I thought, “No, it’s ridiculous”. So, I did and we won 2-0.
Southgate himself has laughed off the idea he has become a fashionista.
“Shops were damaged, people were abused and assaulted, and others climbed on buses and cars, causing damage to vehicles, and in some cases, themselves”, said Mark Roberts, head of football policing for The National Police Chiefs’ Council.
“I know my strengths and I know I’m no David Beckham!”
In addition to touching on England’s preparations for the nation’s biggest game in almost three decades, Southgate took the time to praise World Cup hosts Russian Federation.
“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”.
On the note of TVs, whilst we’re now used to HD, Ultra-HD and 4K, back in 1990 things were very different.
“It was a moment where we knew we were extremely disappointed and we knew we couldn’t let that happen again and we wanted that to change”.
He said: “Whenever you are involved in a tournament like this, you do think about the people who have helped you along the way, and every coach I worked with, teacher, players that I’ve played with.
“We’re just really happy”.