Gareth Southgate says England can become immortal like 1966 heroes

Carla Harmon
July 10, 2018

England secured their first semi-final place in the tournament for 28 years after seeing off Sweden 2-0 on Saturday, with only Croatia standing in their way of reaching the final following their dramatic penalty shootout victory against hosts Russian Federation.

"Social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

Just four teams remain, all of them from Europe: Belgium, France, Croatia, and England.

England's Eric Dier smiles during a press conference for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg July 9, 2018.

"We've talked briefly on the team which won".

"(It was) at the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.

"We did have a north v south game at The Grove - what I can remember is we had a dodgy ref who was southern in Steve (Holland), which didn't help the northerners", the Sheffield-born defender told Sky News Radio.

"This squad doesn't have those type of players, they are all of a similar level". He would often not inform players that they were being. "Maybe that's because they are quite young and have their careers still in front of them".

"Our camaraderie was excellent", he said.

"Gareth, good luck. Stick to what you're doing, I'm behind you", he added.

But the Tottenham Hotspur player, who grew up in Portugal and answered questions from Brazilian media in fluent Portuguese, says that a great part of the team spirit has been the commitment and approach of all players, regardless of their place on the team sheet.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

"The tournament has been unbelievable even for Russian Federation as well, they played great they were unfortunate to go out but I think they did their country proud", he told Sky Sports News.

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