Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Gareth Southgate says England can become immortal like 1966 heroes

Gareth Southgate says England can become immortal like 1966 heroes

"It's felt like a good holiday we've been on - and we're enjoying every moment of it", said the Manchester United left wing-back.

Swedish great Ibrahimovic who now plays in the USA, challenged the former England captain on Friday to a wager on the outcome of Saturdays England v Sweden game.

"It's amusing because at first I didn't think I did look like him, but with all the people approaching me about it they can't all be wrong!"

"I may be going to the Croatia game as Henry VIII but I'll wear the waistcoat on top", he joked.

"It's special", Walker told IRN.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week.

"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?"

The most unpredictable and entertaining FIFA World Cup in recent memory wraps up this week, with just four matches left to be played.

"If we get to the final or if we don't get to the final then we're one day short, you know it has been an absolute pleasure of an experience to share not just with the players but the staff, even the media staff and you guys as well".

The days of surly players reluctantly speaking to the media seem as far away as those when cliques formed around club sides and players seemed to view England duty as something to be endured.

That fervour has taken captain Harry Kane's popularity up a notch, with England's Golden Boot leader now tantalisingly close to lifting the World Cup.

West Ham United were interested in Harry Maguire last season, while he was at Hull City.

Sister paper the Sun on Sunday - formerly the News of the World - had demanded people don't go to work on Wednesday with a headline "Cancel Wednesday!".

Walker is also confident that Raheem Sterling will also see his hard work rewarded.

The Manchester City man hailed England's campaign in Russian Federation as "a pleasure".

"Raz, he's a nightmare for us defenders", Walker added.

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