Wednesday 14 November 2018

England’s World Cup Diary – Tuesday, July 10

All the lowdown from Russia as England prepare for their semi-final clash with Croatia.

England boss Gareth Southgate found himself talking about rubber chickens and waistcoats (Tim Goode/PA)
England boss Gareth Southgate found himself talking about rubber chickens and waistcoats (Tim Goode/PA)

By Press Association Sport Staff

England boss Gareth Southgate found himself talking about rubber chickens and waistcoats as he finalised his plans for the World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia.

Southgate and his players trained at their base in Repino on Tuesday morning before heading for Moscow and the Luzhniki Stadium where their fate will be decided on Wednesday evening.

But as he conducted his pre-match press conference, football was not the only topic after cameras had captured the players throwing a rubber chicken to each other during their warm-up.

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England manager Gareth Southgate sporting his trademark waistcoat (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: “That’s exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, ‘What is that all about?’. Our physical performance coach has tried to keep refreshing the warm-ups for the players and keep them stimulated.

“It was just a bit of fun to get them moving in some of the mobility exercises.”

The England boss was amused at the prospect of fans both in Russia and back at home observing Waistcoat Wednesday in tribute to the man who has guided the nation to within perhaps just 90 minutes of a first final since 1966.

He said: “Well, I think I’ve said this before, but I was not a renowned fashion icon throughout my playing career, so it’s rather strange to feel that way now.”

Picture of the day

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England captain Harry Kane plays with a rubber chicken during the training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Quote of the day

Football's Coming Home is a song I couldn't even listen to for 20 years, frankly, so for me it has a slightly different feel. England manager Gareth Southgate

Video of the day

Hello again, Moscow. 👍

Posted by England football team on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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What’s on tomorrow?

Just the small matter of a game in which Croatia stand between Southgate and his ambition of matching Sir Alf Ramsey’s feat of taking England to the World Cup final. The match kicks off at 7pm BST, by which time the country’s roads are likely to be more or less deserted.

Three Lions Throwback

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England captain Bobby Moore holds aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy the last time England made it to a World Cup final in 1966 (PA)

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