England nowhere near their potential: Southgate

So what are you waiting for?

England's match in Moscow on Wednesday night will be for a place in the World Cup final against France on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Southgate believes his side will not face an easy route to get there.

Southgate, who revealed he has a full squad from which to choose, also voiced his support for Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling, whose performances in Russian Federation have attracted criticism in certain quarters, insisting he is a key member of the team, a claim supported by Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic.

Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990. The victor advances to Sunday's final against France or Belgium, which also will be at Luzkniki Stadium.

"I asked him 'so is football coming home?' But he refused to say it", Brian said.

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".

Loftus-Cheek started two out of England's three World Cup group games, and although he has yet to appear in the knockout stages for the Three Lions in Russian Federation, he has shown his potential as a combative and tough-tackling central midfielder, who is capable of playing for any Premier League side.

The former Sunderland man has proved at the World Cup that he can play for most top European sides in that position.

"We've got to keep getting over those hurdles and I know we talked about the success of the younger teams but this is a much harder, much bigger level for the players and the belief is building as things are happening". Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Warnings to England fans and players had ranged from the supposed threat lurking from masses of hooligans, to players being seduced by Kremlin-backed 'honey traps'. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said.

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