How Gareth Southgate's 'lucky socks' got him the boot from Middlesbrough

Lawrenson believes that this will be England's toughest game so far, and it will be more hard than many people imagine, but the Three Lions will pull it off.

"But we had to finalise the book well before the squads were going to be announced and that's when Gareth started getting a little wary because, even though he was pretty much nailed on to make the squad, he didn't want to be seen as being a little overconfident if it came out he was doing the book". It is the 2006 World Cup and we are playing Spain in the round of 16.

England have progressed to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, but Croatia defender Dejan Lovren - who plays his club football in England - says he is not paying attention to the World Cup fever that has swept the country.

"As I have got older, I have become more conscious that it is easy to avoid challenges and avoid putting yourself on the line. So for me it has a slightly different feel", Southgate told reporters on Tuesday, before adding: "But it's nice to hear people are listening to it again".

"We want to get close to them, although it is hard to repeat this endeavour, but we will try". "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".

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"But regardless of that, I think the football across the board has been really exciting, really entertaining, and the hosting of the tournament and the cities that have hosted it has been outstanding".

'When I was managing at Middlesbrough we had a game at Reading and I was under a bit of pressure.

"I'm excited to see if Croatian fans are as excited as we are". "Right", I thought, "I'd better put those socks on this time".

Croatia may be best suited to counter-attacking and relying on the brilliance of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic against England, according to former worldwide Filip Tapalovic.

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