Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

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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.

"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won [in 1966]", he said.

We've already reported on the hangovers England fans can expect the day after each of England's victories in the World Cup knockout stages.

"We also feel we've had events on when we've been in camp when some of those guys have been in, when the road was named at St George's [Park] after Sir Alf".

Sheffield-born Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker make up England's defence with Barnsley's John Stones, while fellow Steel City product Jamie Vardy is likely to be fit after missing the quarter-final win over Sweden.

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"It's fantastic to meet any heroes from '66 and it gives you so much inspiration, obviously it's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament", he said.

"I don't know what you're saying in the dressing room to the players, but whatever you're saying, it's working". It's wonderful because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.

"I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".

Considering the fact that he can immortalise himself in the next six days, depending on results, we want you to cast your mind back to the first time that Southgate took charge of an England match.

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

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