World Cup fever soars in England on #WaistcoatWednesday

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"All the celebrations and the songs they are singing back home, it inspires us as players to be able to bring the nation together and put smiles on people's faces". It is also down to the manager to prepare the team by giving them instructions not to let their heads drop, not to panic, but focus on responding.

"I've seen lots of ex-players and had lots of messages from ex-players as well who have the same view, so we're really pleased with his contribution, and his work-rate as well without the ball has been incredible for us".

"I'll tell you a story about me and superstitions", Southgate said.

It might be tempting to hope for good luck at such a crucial juncture, but the only superstitious spell in the England manager's coaching career was fleeting.

'Taking part is simple: proudly display one of our posters to encourage everyone to don their favourite armless attire, make a donation towards life-changing blood cancer research and get ready to celebrate as the Three Lions sail through to the finals'.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week. "I'm sure Gareth will have addressed that after seeing how they struggled after conceding against Tunisia and then Colombia".

The team that reached that stage in 1966 went on to win the tournament on home soil and Shilton is backing this team to do likewise. Anyway, we won and the staff made this big thing about my lucky socks, saying I had to wear them next game.

England have reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990. We know what's at stake and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel because this is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Before we went there, we were off to the army base at Catterick for a boot camp - something Palace did before the start of every season.

"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament".

"The more of these tests we can come through, the better, not just for now, but moving forward".

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