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Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

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.

England play Croatia at 4am on Thursday morning for a spot in the world cup final, where the victor will play either France or Belgium.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

"We want Gareth and the players to know that the city of Leeds is right behind them when they take on Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday".

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) in a statement on Tuesday said it had revoked Vukojevic's accreditation at the World Cup and relieved him of his duties as an associate of the Croatia coaching staff.

"Our supporters and our country has had a long time suffering in terms of football". Football might actually be coming home after all.

"If you look at all of our attacking patterns and the way that our front four have combined and played, he's been instrumental in that, so I think he's a player that's really appreciated by the team".

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We can not do anything to stop this from happening other than hope that they have read this letter and think twice before acting". Hopefully, we can get the win. "No doubt it'll be a great atmosphere on final day in particular".

But Southgate revealed he could not listen to it for many years.

He said: "I'm not surprised that Croatia have identified Raheem as a key player".

Southgate was speaking ahead of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday - the Three Lions' first appearance at this stage of the tournament in 28 years.

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".

London Ambulance Service tweeted photos of the badly damaged ambulance and the official Joint Response Unit Twitter account also tweeted to say: "We are better than this England".

They won the 1998 tournament against Brazil but lost the 2006 final on penalties to Italy.