SOUTHGATE WELCOMES ENGLAND SUPPORT
Southgate was also full of praise for England’s fans and the support the team has received while they have been in Russia, with around 10,000 expected to cheer them on against Croatia in the semi-final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.
He also described his players as “brilliant ambassadors for our country” for their performances on the pitch and behaviour off it.
“We are really proud of the support that we are receiving. We’ve had the chance to make a difference. Our supporters, our country has had a long time suffering in terms of football.
“The enthusiasm that they have for these players because of the way they have played, and conducted themselves, they’ve been brilliant ambassadors for our country. I think everybody can see that.
“They are proud to wear the shirt. It’s great for them that they’ve got some enjoyable experiences playing for England.
“Our country has been through some difficult moments recently in terms of its unity. Sport has the power to do that and football in particular has the power to do that. “We can feel the energy and support from home. It is a very special feeling and a privilege for us.”
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