"The feel of this group of players is very similar to the players we had then, but that team was a lot more experienced in terms of age and experience of big matches", Southgate recalled.
"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".
"I was here last summer for the Confederations Cup, and it was exactly the same, there were a lot of stories going into the tournament that I knew weren't going to be true, and that's proved to be the case", former England worldwide Southgate added.
Southgate is well aware of the near-hysteria among England's support at home, and takes pride from the manner in which his team is unifying the country. We want this to be a family-friendly occasion and a chance for England fans young and old to show the positive spirit of football to the country and the world.
Southgate's side have been buoyed by more than just an anthemic pop song, though.
Warnings to England fans and players had ranged from the supposed threat lurking from masses of hooligans, to players being seduced by Kremlin-backed 'honey traps'.
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She continued: "I feel like I have fake abs now, it's just like, genetics". "I know I can have a super fit body". Although her 5-month-old daughter may have her rapper dad's lips, there are several features comes from her mom.
Croatia was missing three key players at training on Monday ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final showdown with England.
"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".
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.
"It's nice to hear people enjoying it again, anyway". "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".
Against Sweden (2-0 win in the quarter-finals) they were magnificent.
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