Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat set for a place in history

The Three Lions manager has sported a navy blue Marks & Spencer one throughout England's run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russian Federation, which has led to increased sales and more Google searches for the item back home.

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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.

"I've seen lots of ex-players and had lots of messages from ex-players as well who have the same view, so we're really pleased with his contribution, and his work-rate as well without the ball has been incredible for us".

"We needed Churchill, but we got Iain Duncan-Smith", an unnamed defender, later identified as Southgate, was quoted as saying in a 2004 book by Joe Lovejoy.

"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".

Russian officials said almost 7,000 more England fans ordered a Fan ID after England's quarter-final win against Sweden on Saturday.

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Alli and Modric will meet again in the middle of the park, and not only did they go head to head for Tottenham and Real Madrid respectively in a Champions League game last season, but also in the summer of 2015.

Actor Hugh Grant tweeted about the piece of clothing ahead of England's quarter-final victory over Sweden and the following day BBC presenter Andrew Marr opened his show in a waistcoat as a tribute to Southgate.

After winning back-to-back penalty shootouts to reach their second-ever (1998) World Cup semifinal, Croatia's tank will be closer to empty than any of the four sides still competing in Russian Federation, but Modric believes they can dig deep once more and qualify for the final. The pundits laid into the players, lambasting their attitude.

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 are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional". We still needed the win but I thought, "No, it's ridiculous". We have had the chance to make a difference.

"I don't know what to say in response", he said at a news conference.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier, [with] social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

  • Sonia Alvarado