When England won the 1966 World Cup on home soil, coach Gareth Southgate had not been born. That would happen four years later.
But when he leads England against 20th-ranked Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-final tonight from 9pm here at Luzhniki Stadium, the 47-year-old will be hoping to guide the “Three Lions” to only their second final appearance at the World Cup.
At the same time, Harry Kane will be hoping to add to his six goals in the race for the Golden Boot.
Three Lions, ranked 12th globally, will be aiming to reach the final for the first time since 1966 when they won the tournament on home ground.
The team will be playing in its second semi-final at the World Cup since 1990 in Italy when the team finished fourth.
Southgate himself would join the team eight years later.
Since 1990, the team has carried the tag of perennial underachievers in subsequent editions of the World Cup, and Southgate is no stranger to pressure that comes with playing at the global stage, having been part of England’s squad for 1998 World Cup in France and the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
Lets hope they play their best today.
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