Gareth Southgate admits he couldn’t bear to listen to “Football’s Coming Home” for TWENTY years

Gareth Southgate can finally listen to English football’s most famous anthem as the Three Lions stand on the brink of history.

The whole nation is singing Football’s Coming Home as it gets behind his side’s incredible World Cup campaign. And as Southgate prepared the England squad to face Croatia for a place in Sunday’s final, he revealed it has taken him two decades to banish the pain of his Euro 1996 penalty miss against Germany.

He said: “Football’s Coming Home – as a song, I couldn’t listen to it for 20 years, frankly. It has a slightly different feel for me, but it’s nice to hear people enjoying it again.

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

Southgate addressed the media in Moscow
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The England boss missed a crucial penalty in the Euro 96 semi-final
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“I don’t stick it on, it’s not on the playlist, but I can listen to it now.”

England are on the brink of a first World Cup final for 52 years and Wednesday sees the country’s first tournament semi-final since hosting the Euros in 1996 when David Baddiel and Frank Skinner recorded the song.

Southgate added: “That ended in disappointment and it is nice to be able to put a different frame on it now.”

Asked if England could draw on inspiration from the heroes of the 1966 triumph, England midfielder Jordan Henderson said: “We’re concentrating on what we want to do and create. We’ve taken it game by game and will continue to do that.

Jordan Henderson also spoke to the media in Moscow
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Fans – such as these supporters in Leeds – have taken to the song this summer
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“It’s a massive game, but there’s no need to make it bigger than it is. Focus on the job in hand.

“But we’ll take a lot of good things from the past in terms of 66 and what they achieved then. But it was a long time ago. Not too many of us can remember that far back.”

Southgate added: “Even I can’t remember that far back. We’re enjoying the journey. We came here to enjoy our football. We’ve been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, but we were never quite sure how far this team could go.

England are in their first World Cup semi since 1990
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Southgate and Henderson take in the surroundings
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“The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see. We’re pleased with the intelligence and style of our play.

“We’ve defended well, scored in the last minute, conceded in the last minute, come through extra-time and penalties. We’ve made several pieces of history — biggest win in the tournament, first knockout win for 10 years, first quarter-final win for longer.

“We keep looking to break the barriers down. It’s been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going.”

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