England nowhere near their potential, says manager Gareth Southgate

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The players today are going to be even stronger in two years' time and in four years' time, but today they are already competitive.

Along with the 1966 squad who won the World Cup, and the 1990 vintage who reached the last four, the 1996 side is one of the most beloved England teams of the modern era.

"I don't have the words".

The Three Lions face Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday (19:00 BST) in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years.

After France's 1-0 defeat of Belgium last night, the victor of this match will take on the French side in the final on Saturday.

Mr Goulding, 27, from Clapham Junction, south London, said the plan was to get to the ticket office early and pick up any tickets being resold through official channels, and failing that they would play the touts at their own game.

"The task of getting the players to get over today's loss, I will admit, is going to be hard to deal with, but I think we have something important too before us".

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France coach Didier Deschamps fell into Umtiti's arms after the final whistle.

For England, this tournament has been a tale of changing narratives and opinions, a team full of youngsters too green to know any better, a togetherness which has seen them through tough times, and the reversal of more than 20 years of major-tournament history and heartbreak.

A Reading Buses spokesman said: "We believe. Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".

"The feel of this group of players is very similar to the players we had then, but that team was a lot more experienced in terms of age and experience of big matches", Southgate recalled. "We had to defend very deep sometimes", Deschamps said.

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.

"France were in the final of the Euros - nearly they are used to being in these sort of big games, and I thought we coped with that side really well, so I don't want any of my players to be frustrated, disappointed".

His positioning is crucial to Gareth Southgate's 3-1-4-2 formation when the opposition have the ball. We've been playing well, we're learning and we're all enjoying it.

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