Sport Gareth Southgate wasn't listening when they said the World Cup was too soon... his side fell short but it's been a wondrous journey and he invited us to dream the impossible dream

11:20  12 july  2018
11:20  12 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

England boss Gareth Southgate not relying on superstitions to get past Croatia

  England boss Gareth Southgate not relying on superstitions to get past Croatia Southgate did not think much of his ‘lucky socks’ at Middlesbrough.The Three Lions have the chance to reach just the second major tournament finale in their history on Wednesday as they take on Croatia in a mouth-watering Luzhniki Stadium semi-final.

Gareth Southgate wasn ' t listening when they said the World Cup was too soon his side fell short but it ' s 'People should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world ': Dejan Lovren hits out at his

Gareth Southgate wasn ' t listening when they said the World Cup was too soon his side fell short but it ' s Jordan Henderson was a leader, a rock and the biggest voice on the pitch.. the midfielder may have lost the

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The clock that hangs in an FA office will continue to count down to the 2022 World Cup, marking the time when the organisation had looked to travel to a major tournament more in expectation than hope.

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  Gareth Southgate wasn't listening when they said the World Cup was too soon... his side fell short but it's been a wondrous journey and he invited us to dream the impossible dream © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited But once the bitter disappointment of this defeat to Croatia has subsided, once England can take the positives from a World Cup semi-final they actually led for more than an hour, savour the moment when Gareth Southgate and a side that was so much greater than the sum of its parts invited us to dream the impossible dream; to dare think that, after more than half a century of hurt, football might indeed be coming home now, in 2018.

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Gareth Southgate wasn ' t listening when they said the World Cup was too soon his side fell short but it ' s 'People should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world ': Dejan Lovren hits out at his

Gareth Southgate wasn ' t listening when they said the World Cup was too soon his side fell short but it ' s 'People should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world ': Dejan Lovren hits out at his

Gary Lineker told them to forget this World Cup, sharing the view that was part of the FA’s grand plan when they identified a winter tournament in Qatar as England’s target.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The 47-year-old lead the line as England went into their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 47-year-old lead the line as England went into their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years Southgate, however, was not listening. He had different ideas, rolling up his sleeves way before he pulled on his World Cup waistcoat and convincing his young players to trust him when he told them that they could be contenders; believe him when he said that this, not some faraway event in air conditioned stadiums in the Middle East, was worth a proper crack.

a group of football players on a field: Southgate is more than a manager to this England team, he is their mentor, guide and saviour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Southgate is more than a manager to this England team, he is their mentor, guide and saviour Persuading them to share in his vision, in a plan devised first over a meal in Sochi with his super-smart assistant, Steve Holland, is perhaps Southgate’s greatest achievement thus far.

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' It ' s a dream for everybody. Gareth Southgate wasn ' t listening when they said the West Ham granted work permit for Felipe Anderson as they 'I am happy with what I have done and I will not change'

How we learned to fall in love again with England the semi-final defeat by Croatia is painful but they England were beaten in the World Cup semi-finals by Croatia on Wednesday But we must recognise where Gareth Southgate and his side have taken us

After all, he did not boast the record of the men the FA had tried in the past to make their manager. He was not Jose Mourinho, he was not Arsene Wenger. On paper he was not even Sam Allardyce.

a man standing in front of a fence: Southgate on the touchline as the England Under 21 side play at the 2014 Toulon Tournament © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Southgate on the touchline as the England Under 21 side play at the 2014 Toulon Tournament But here in Russia he has grown immeasurably in stature, standing as tall as Spartacus outside the Spartak Stadium; cutting the figure of a man who, in the eyes of his England players as well as many supporters, has achieved an even higher status than any coach the FA might have considered before him.

To the players he is not just their manager but their mentor, guide and saviour and they have bought not just into his football but his philosophy.

a group of people sitting in the grass: As recently as 2016, Southgate was managing on crocked wooden benches in empty stadiums © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited As recently as 2016, Southgate was managing on crocked wooden benches in empty stadiums By the time they collapsed to the ground at the sound of the final whistle, some of them in tears, they had given their all for Southgate.

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And while in the end they lost to sharper, more savvy opponents, they actually saved the best football of their tournament for the biggest game of their lives. Even if it was for little more than 30 minutes; a spell they will reflect on as much for the opportunities that they squandered.

a group of people playing football on a field: He has brought players like Harry Kane (right) and Eric Dier (second right) through the ranks © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He has brought players like Harry Kane (right) and Eric Dier (second right) through the ranks But remember where they came from. Remember that day in Chantilly only two years ago when Roy Hodgson had to be forced to reflect on a defeat to Iceland, a broken man who had just walked away from a broken team and claiming there was now ‘a major bridge to repair’.

Things we learned as England's World Cup dream ends - Provided by Read Sport

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Allardyce was first invited to begin the process but it was Southgate who then emerged as the architect of the England rebuilding project, delivering on a Wembley-size scale.

Gareth Southgate wearing a suit and tie: It took Southgate 18 months of work to turn England into the exciting team we saw in Russia © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It took Southgate 18 months of work to turn England into the exciting team we saw in Russia Evolution came before revolution, Southgate and Holland making the minor changes that guaranteed passage to the 2018 finals before tearing up a very English blueprint and starting again.

What will happen if England win the World Cup?

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It wasn’t just a change in formation but a change in culture and attitude.

Gareth Southgate in a suit standing in front of a sign: He became England boss in November 2016 after taking charge of four games as interim boss © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He became England boss in November 2016 after taking charge of four games as interim boss

Out on the pitch at the Luzhniki was the product of Southgate’s graft and craft, not least in the form of players like Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford; players who typify the narrative of Southgate’s England with their journeys from the lower echelons of the English game to the grandest stage of all.

a group of people standing in front of a military uniform: The team building trips to military camps made headlines, but also built crucial relationships © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The team building trips to military camps made headlines, but also built crucial relationships What a journey it has been. From Harry Kane's stoppage-time winner against Tunisia to Jesse Lingard’s wonder goal against Panama. From Pickford's penalty save against Colombia to Eric Dier's ice-cold heroics moments later.

Never mind Maguire's towering header against Sweden and the quite wonderful free-kick from Trippier in this semi-final. Not bad for a lad from Bury.

a man wearing a suit and tie: The pure passion that Southgate seems to expose sparing has been on display this summer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The pure passion that Southgate seems to expose sparing has been on display this summer It meant England were ahead for 63 minutes, until Ivan Perisic crowned an impressive individual performance with a superbly taken equaliser that took this contest into extra time.

'Brexit nemesis' gloats at England loss in EU tweet

  'Brexit nemesis' gloats at England loss in EU tweet A top Brussels official has been branded "graceless" and a "wazzock" after he appeared to claim that Croatia's World Cup semi-final win over England was a victory for the EU. Within two minutes of the full-time whistle blowing on Wednesday night, European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr posted a series of football emojis and EU flags on Twitter.The post infuriated crushed England fans, who had just seen their hopes of World Cup glory evaporate, with Mr Selmayr subject to a fierce backlash.

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Faced with another 30 minutes of battle Southgate addressed his players once more, going first to John Stones and then to Ashley Young, Kane, Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson.

a man holding a basketball: Southgate after missing his penalty at Euro 1996 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Southgate after missing his penalty at Euro 1996

He urged them to keep their shape, remained composed, stick to the plan. But one momentary lapse in concentration from John Stones, an outstanding young defender who had not put a foot wrong in six matches until then, and Mario Mandzukic condemned an England side dead on their feet to a crushing, cruel defeat.

a man holding a football ball: Southgate and the England players applaud the fans who have followed them around Russia © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Southgate and the England players applaud the fans who have followed them around Russia For Southgate, however, an international career is no longer defined by that penalty miss at Euro 96. It is defined by what he achieved in this crazy, bone-dry summer and by what he has suddenly made seem possible.

England’s journey does not finish here, even if the last thing anyone wants is another meaningless encounter with Belgium this weekend.

How did England's players fare in the semi-final? - Provided by Read Sport

England Player Ratings v Croatia: England’s carnival in Russia is over with their 1-2 defeat at the hands of Croatia in a World Cup semi-final.Kieran Trippier’s wonderful free-kick gave the Three Lions a priceless lead before the Croats roared back in the second half with an Ivan Perisic equaliser.Come the extra time, the Vatrenis had momentum and ball control in their grasp to suffocate England and score the winner. Southgate’s men then tried to throw everything in search of a leveller but it was too little too late.All the pre-match tactical talks revolved around on how England would combat the tremendously talented Croatian midfield. Well, that proved to be the telling difference in the end as Luka Modric and Co. took control since the start of second half and never looked back.Let us take a look at the England player ratings and analyse how they performed in Moscow on the biggest stage: England Player Ratings v Croatia

It continues way beyond that. It continues with the development of this side, with the promotion of young players already claiming major prizes for England’s junior teams, and a push towards Euro 2020 and a possible final at Wembley.

And it continues, surely, to the next World Cup. The clock is already counting down, but it does so now with a far greater sense of purpose and with Southgate and his players moving forward together.

England dare to dream but Croatia to be sternest test yet

  England dare to dream but Croatia to be sternest test yet It has been 52 long, mostly painful years for the England football team since their last and only World Cup triumph, but both players and fans are now starting to believe that, just maybe, the wait could be over. But to get to their first World Cup final since 1966, when England lifted the trophy on home soil, Gareth Southgate's side will have to overcome their sternest test yet in Russia: a semi-final showdown with a Croatia team packed with talent, themselves looking to create history by reaching the final for the first time.

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a man on a football field: Southgate has only just begun his mission to transform England into tournament contenders © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Southgate has only just begun his mission to transform England into tournament contenders

GARETH SOUTHGATE'S ENGLAND UPRISING

August 2013: Becomes England U21 manager

June 2015: England U21s are knocked out of the Euros, finishing last in the group

a person wearing a suit and tie: Southgate celebrating England's win over Sweden © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Southgate celebrating England's win over Sweden May 2016: England U21s win Toulon Tournament for the first time in 22 years under Southgate's stewardship

September 2016: Becomes interim manager of England's senior team following Sam Allardyce's departure

November 2016: Signs four-year deal to become permanent England boss

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What the papers say – July 12 .
The latest World Cup action from Russia leads the papers.The Times features scenes from the semi-final match with the headline “Pride of Lions”, while the paper’s front page leads with Donald Trump’s calls for Nato allies to double their defence spending.

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