This Gareth Southgate lookalike is from Surrey

This Gareth Southgate lookalike is from Surrey

This Gareth Southgate lookalike is from Surrey

The Three Lions have certainly exceeded expectations by reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, with Croatia awaiting them at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

The only previous England goalkeepers to appear on such a stage were Gordon Banks - the World Cup victor from 1966 - and Peter Shilton, a veteran of 125 worldwide caps who was 40 when he played in the 1990 World Cup semifinal loss to West Germany.

How could, we wondered, England football manager Gareth Southgate wear a waistcoat in the heat of the Russian football stadia? Southgate referenced the 1966 World Cup when he first started working with his England players to explain to them what it would mean to lift the trophy.

He famously appeared in a pizza advertisement that played on his penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final shootout against eventual champions Germany.

After needing a last minute goal from Harry Kane to dispatch Tunisia 2-1, England then dismantled Panama 6-1 to seal their progression to the last 16.

For Southgate, that is more than just good PR. The chaotic corner shop closest to England's hotel was selling kitchen knives, women's underwear and frisbees but no World Cup paraphernalia. "Just care about a decent broadcast and another England win".

"He comes from a better version of England than we are used to seeing", he said.

Seaman is now backing England to overcome Croatia in Wednesday's semi-final and set up what he believes will be a final showdown against Belgium next weekend.

"I knew they were going to win, I have faith".

"All I would ask is, no matter what the result is, enjoy yourself, celebrate how far we've come and look after each other without putting yourself or anyone else at risk". "Like I did with most rounds, with a curry and a beer".

"They've been through a lot".

There is no bunting in the cafes or at the supermarket which several members of the team have visited on rest days.

England fan Paul Seligson, a 61-year-old teacher, told The Sun he will heed their call to wear a waistcoat although with Britain now in the midsst of a heatwave he could be in for an uncomfortable time.

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