MOSCOW – England coach Gareth Southgate said on Tuesday that the Three Lions have a great opportunity to advance to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
England, the 1966 World Cup champion, is set to face Croatia on Wednesday after reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1990.
“We keep looking to break the barriers down. It’s been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going,” Southgate, 47, said at a press conference at Luzhniki Stadium on the eve of the Croatia-England clash.
“We’ve been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, (and) we were never quite sure how far this team could go,” the coach said, adding that all his players will be available for Wednesday’s match.
“We’ve defended well, scored in the last minute, conceded in the last minute, come through extra-time and (in) penalties. We’ve made several pieces of history,” Southgate said, urging his squad to keep up the level of play they have shown so far.
“The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see,” he added.