1/12/16 England Manager Gareth Southgate poses after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. However, he is also determined to maintain the shape that England have so far demonstrated during the tournament.
Croatia will provide stiffer opposition than the likes of Colombia and Sweden, but there's reason to believe England will pass this test as well, reaching their first World Cup final in 52 years. He knew there was a chance to make history.
"The feel of this group of players is very similar to the players we had then, but that team was a lot more experienced in terms of age and experience of big matches", Southgate recalled.
"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games".
But with every passing game, with every win, the utterances of Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds' 1990s anthem become less ironic. "You deserve this moment - Football's Coming Home! W".
But Southgate revealed he could not listen to it for many years.
England will play Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium at 7pm United Kingdom time.
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He performed "8 Out of 10", "Mob Ties", "Nonstop" and the now viral "In My Feelings", for the first time. The rapper entered at the end of Giggs' slot with the pair playing their collaboration KMT.
The song was released before Euro '96, when Southgate missed England's crucial penalty as they lost a semi-final shootout to Germany at Wembley.
Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".
"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.
"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".
He said: "We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players".
Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties.