Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Gareth Southgate happy to see England's World Cup run unite country

Gareth Southgate happy to see England's World Cup run unite country

But England's revival under Southgate at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, now just one win away from their first finals appearance since 1966, has shot the song back on to the United Kingdom singles charts, with the line "football's coming home" also becoming the catchphrase of their campaign.

It's the unmistakeable refrain being sung, hummed and whistled wherever English football fans have gathered for the last couple of weeks, but for two decades "Three Lions" was the source of nothing but pain for England manager Gareth Southgate.

Of course, the phrase "it's coming home" refers to the fact that soccer in its modern format was invented in England. He said that it was only after England beat Scotland 2-0 in their second game that the stadium MC played the song with the crowd singing the chorus, "It's Coming Home". It is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time, but involved some hard moments as well.

"Our country's been through some hard moments in terms of unity and football has the power to do that".

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"This generation has been underrated for a long time but they have shown their qualities when it matters, and they will go down in history as a great generation that has come close to the "bronze Vatreni" of 1998".

"So we are very grateful for you joining us here this evening as well".

It feels like part and parcel of West Norfolk life but the Vancouver Quarter as we know it didn't exist as we know it until 2005 after a big redevelopment.

Whether or not they can outstrip their predecessors - Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne, Tony Adams et al - by reaching a major final remains to be seen but Southgate is sure they will give a good account of themselves regardless of the outcome.

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"But that team was a lot more experienced in terms of its age and experience of big matches".

"Why didn't you ask me how I played well against him in other games?" We have emerging leaders, that team had six captains at their clubs. He wants them to keep pushing, no matter where it ends.

Midfielder Jordan Henderson said: "It's a special feeling to know people back home and here are enjoying the experience as much as we are".

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