Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

For 20 years, football wasn't coming home for England boss Southgate

For 20 years, football wasn't coming home for England boss Southgate

England's experience at the World Cup in Russian Federation will not only set the standard for future generations but this will also be the beginning of a new era of English football, said coach Gareth Soutgate.

"Football's Coming Home" was originally a song by Baddiel, Skinner, and the Lightning Seeds that was made for the England football team during Euro 96. "It's not coming home so drive safely so you can".

Speaking to Sky News 22 years on, the ex-footballer said: "Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly". It is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time, but involved some hard moments as well. England beat Scotland 2-0 to make it to the quarter finals (Germany ultimately won the tournament) and the song became a national phenomenon, taking on a life of its own.

"That [Euro 96] ended in disappointment and it's nice to be able to put a different frame on it now", he added.

"Our country's been through some hard moments in terms of unity and football has the power to do that".

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"So we are very grateful for you joining us here this evening as well". "That is wonderful, but I think it's time we knock it off the number one spot with Three Lions".

While most of us will be plonking ourselves in front of a screen for the big game between England and Croatia tonight, there are a dedicated few that are actually making the trek over to Russian Federation to see the action unfold IRL.

"We have a core group of young players in this squad we believe will take us forward", he said. That is special, to see them play the way they have and we have a really good opportunity to get to a final. At that time, the team had six captains of their clubs.

Midfielder Jordan Henderson said: "It's a special feeling to know people back home and here are enjoying the experience as much as we are. I have complete trust they'll go and play in the way they have throughout this tournament".

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