England can not be hindered by history, says Southgate

World Cup Briefing England playing the percentages			
   by Gavin Brown 

Two years later, it was re-recorded with slightly different lyrics as "3 Lions 98" - and, of course, it resurfaces pretty much every time there's a footy tournament in which England are involved.

"It was a night when I knew we were going to get over the line".

England had lost five successive shootouts before luck finally smiled on them at the compact Spartak Stadium. "I'm surprised he could reach it given his height", Southgate said with a wry smile.

Uribe's penalty hit the crossbar while Bacca's attempt was saved by hero England goalkeeper Pickford.

After coming through one shootout, Pickford's confidence will be high for the next one if England are put in the same position again.

"The goalkeeper is 10 centimetres smaller than me", Chelsea's giant goalkeeper Courtois told Belgian website Voetbal24.

It was also no doubt a proud moment for his former 'keeper coach at Deepdale Alan Kelly who reacted to the criticism Pickford had received just days prior. "I might be young but I've got good mental strength and experience and I used that". "You don't always get what you deserve in life, but tonight we did". England was victorious in a penalty shootout. Even after Tuesday's success, he admitted his miss in the Euro 1996 semi-final on home soil against Germany will live with him forever.

Southgate's squad were due to take part in a light training session in Repino on Wednesday afternoon as part of the recovery process and will fly to Samara on Friday.

A re-worked version of the song with new lyrics for the 1998 World Cup, Three Lions '98, spent three weeks at the summit. 22 years later, the phrase has a broader meaning - that England will win it.