Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat set for a place in history

Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat set for a place in history

England's journey to the World Cup semi-finals has captured the imagination of the whole country - not least in Milton Keynes where children are dreaming of becoming the next Dele Alli.

England fans have been warned against alcohol-fuelled "senseless behaviour" after police dealt with hundreds of incidents following the team's quarter final victory over Sweden.

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".

The force circulated CCTV images and launched a manhunt after an NHS ambulance was trampled near Borough Market during wild celebrations as England reached their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

'Taking part is simple: proudly display one of our posters to encourage everyone to don their favourite armless attire, make a donation towards life-changing blood cancer research and get ready to celebrate as the Three Lions sail through to the finals'.

"Most of them weren't born when a lot of the stories we're talking about happened, so why as a coach would I try and put that at their door?"

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He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard . "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals that says it all, ' he told the media".

Premier League clubs West Ham and Everton are reportedly keen on the 22-year-old's services next season, as both sides look to break into the top-half of England's top-flight.

"I was here last summer for the Confederations Cup, and it was exactly the same, there were a lot of stories going into the tournament that I knew weren't going to be true, and that's proved to be the case", former England worldwide Southgate added.

But as he conducted his pre-match press conference, football was not the only topic after cameras had captured the players throwing a rubber chicken to each other during their warm-up.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history. It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said of the song by The Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which has, years later, become England's unofficial music at the tournament and has captured the imagination of the fans. "That's why I think they can go all the way".

He said: "We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players".

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