William’s call to England: It’s coming home!

       Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes it is time for England fans to start believing a World Cup win could

0:36 Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes it is time for England fans to start believing a World Cup win could

He said: "This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age, but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years with their clubs and with us".

England will face Croatia in Moscow this evening in their first semi-final in the tournament since 1990, and Southgate does not expect his young team to freeze on the big occasion.

The phrase, "coming home" refers to disputed English claim to be the spiritual home of the modern football.

"I'll be going out to watch the game and I think we'll do it, I really do".

"We can feel the energy form home and that is a privilege for us".

British Prime Minister Theresa May also sent the team a good luck message.

"Sometimes, you have to go through hard times and failures to learn and improve", he said.

Thousands of supporters in Russian Federation and millions at home will watch nervously as the team face Croatia for the right to play in Sunday's final - and potentially end 52 years without a major trophy.

"We're proud of the style, the intelligence", Southgate said.

Although Croatia went on to suffer an agonising 2-1 defeat to host nation France in the semi-finals, they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff.

"The team is getting better and better with every game and that was the same with us in 1966 which is why I'm quietly optimistic", he said. That's a far cry from the days of Michael Carrick who admitted to dreading call-ups under previous regimes.

Actor Hugh Grant and many others heeded the Sun newspaper's call to wear a waistcoat on #WaistcoatWednesday - following the lead of Southgate. It is about what you can do and not what you are known for.

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.

But it's different now.

"It's so hard in these games but you have to believe in yourself".

However, through my crash course in the other* football, I keep finding more and more striking parallels in the trajectory of each team and their supporters. "And then we look forward to doing it all again on Sunday!"

Plus, it's a ideal song for Southgate's England and the hordes of dreamers going to work today in their navy waistcoats.