England nowhere near their potential: Southgate

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"You're always conscious of those who have helped you, and my parents before them... those who were there for you in hard times, as well as when things were going well". "It was important he tried to reconnect with the fans and he certainly has done that".

In the words of manager Gareth Southgate, England are making their own history.

In contrast to two years ago, England now have a system of play they are comfortable and familiar with, a team spirit that seems natural rather than forced, and a level of self-belief that has been nurtured rather than merely expressed in slogans. "That's why I think they can go all the way".

It's great for them they have got some enjoyable experiences of playing for England.

"We can feel the energy form home and that is a privilege for us". "It's a very special feeling, it's a privilege for us".

"In honour of our England getting to the semi-final, we've made a decision to decorate one of our buses to show our support".

France beat Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, advancing to their first World Cup Final since 2006.

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But Boss Southgate admitted he could not listen to Three Lions after his penalty shoot-out miss in the Euro '96 semi-final - the year the anthem was first released.

"If Southgate wins the World Cup he 100% deserves a knighthood", Ross Patrick, the man behind the idea, told the Press Association.

Although Wembley was the home of English football long before 1990, back then England's home matches happened under the twin towers, rather than the arch.

"It's nice to hear people enjoying it again, anyway".

Speaking to the BBC's World Cup Daily podcast earlier in the tournament, he said: "I'm slightly concerned because as a centre-half who took a lot of knocks to the head I'm not normally synonymous with fashion icons!

Harry Kane was not even born when England last reached the World Cup semifinals 28 years ago, but the Tottenham striker - who has met 1966 final hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst - fully appreciates the weight of history he and his teammates are making in Russian Federation.

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