Gareth Southgate's England should change nothing, says Steph Houghton

12 Juillet, 2018, 03:16 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Gareth Southgate's England should change nothing, says Steph Houghton

So what are you waiting for?

England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted he could not listen to Three Lions for 20 years after his penalty shoot-out miss in the Euro '96 semi-final.

The 28-year-old has been a revelation for his country as a midfield pivot in Gareth Southgate's 3-5-2 set-up, playing four out of England's five tournament matches so far over in Russian Federation.

Croatia will provide stiffer opposition than the likes of Colombia and Sweden, but there's reason to believe England will pass this test as well, reaching their first World Cup final in 52 years.

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

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

1/12/16 England Manager Gareth Southgate poses after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

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Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs, said: "With Brazil now out of the world cup, Belgium is at the top of our probability table with a 32.6% chance of lifting the trophy, closely followed by France (29.8%)".

"England have been the most impressive team so far".

England is ranked 12th in the world and Croatia 20th.

"I think there'll be a bit of nerves as the day comes but a bit of excitement as well because you know you've always dreamed of playing in a World Cup final".

Southgate, who was surprised by the vest craze, said he never considered himself a "fashion icon" but loved the enthusiasm from supporters across the UK. "His team-mates play at top clubs, it's going to be a hard task but if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like against Argentina, if we're compact, I don't believe there will be problems".

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