Fans invade Ikea to celebrate England win at World Cup

Heather Diaz
July 10, 2018

Southgate had two managerial roles prior to being appointed England manager in 2016.

Ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Croatia, Pickford reasoned that his less than glamorous start to his professional football career had nicely teed him up for the big-time. England won the trophy back in 1966 while France won it in 1998.

"We are still buzzing like a fly round a light-bulb", he said. "Our hopes were always left as soggy as the leftover sandwiches".

English football fans are well known for their raucous behavior, but incidents in Russian Federation itself have been limited.

"We are a team who are still improving" Southgate said.

In the minutes and hours that followed the triumph, joyous fans took to the streets in England to party, in anticipation of England's first trip to a World Cup semifinal since 1990. "I've now well and truly jumped on to the hype train". Thank you very much. "We looked like we controlled the game".

"Gareth has brought a discipline, hunger and drive to what was a exhausted, uninventive team no one really got excited about", said Elizabeth Money.

Yet the Al Ain forward was left ruing what might have been, after finishing the tournament with the worst record in front of goal at a World Cup for any Swede in more than 40 years.

On why he felt Southgate would not go into management, the 54-year-old said: "Maybe the self-confidence". Southgate also recruited Allan Russell, the team's attack coach, who has keenly studied set-play moves in American Football and the National Basketball Association. "A true team of gentlemen and no bad press reports; what a refreshing change".

That peak audience was slightly below the 24m who saw England win a penalty shoot-out against Colombia on Tuesday on ITV.

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"The boys are bringing it back home".

"We have a plan, an identity and a togetherness that seems water tight", says Mark Ratheram.

"The players come from the multi-ethnic working class".

"We seem to have the desire and mental strength to keep the ball and pass in the way football is supposed to be played".

England's deep run also is a surprise.

England's recent tournament failures created an nearly hostile dislike of the team, with fans frequently criticising the attitude of the millionaire players who failed to deliver.

"Croatia have got a great midfield and a great striker, but we've got great players all over the pitch, so for me it's going to be England in the final and then I think it will be Belgium".

Brian Norris added: "Whatever happens now, these players have restored a sense of pride in English football".

"When I see behaviour like this it makes me anything but proud to be English".

"The only team I would have feared playing against is Brazil", he said.

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