The English fans celebrated the victory over Sweden in the IKEA store

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

Gareth believes, the fans believe, now it is time for the players to finish the job.

The Tottenham striker will now get the opportunity to captain the Three Lions in a World Cup semi-final - a feat only Terry Butcher and Bobby Moore have managed in the past.

Confidence is building within the squad, while patriotism is soaring back home as fans dare to believe that a long wait for senior global honours could be about to come to an end.

He has met the hero of the 1966 final, Sir Geoff Hurst, and knows he could be just a week away from emulating an achievement many feared would never be repeated.

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Croatia thought they had won the match when Domagoj Vida rose to nod in a corner in the first period of extra time but Mario Fernandes headed home from a free-kick to pull Russian Federation level at 2-2.

A young, unfancied England team reached the semi-final of the World Cup, with a two-nil victory that sent a nation into a collective frenzy.

Russian Federation - the lowest-ranked nation at their own tournament - refused to die despite enjoying just 36 percent of possession against a superior Croatian team led by Luka Modric. They jumped and shouted the phrase of the musical composition Three Lions "It's coming home", which translated into Russian language means "They go home".

These are the rules if you want to watch England matches in Millennium SquareBoth are due to end at around the 3pm kick-off time, but disruption is likely for supporters gathering in Leeds before the match. "We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional".

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