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Many Irish will echo Gareth Southgate's attitude to 'football's coming home' song

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Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 04:30

"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup, given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign.

"Football's Coming Home" was originally a song by Baddiel, Skinner, and the Lightning Seeds that was made for the England football team during Euro 96. Whether they were ravaging an IKEA store or filling the streets of Clapham, in south London, in one case crashing through a glass bus shelter, you can hear it in the background: "it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home".

A drummer played Bradford City favourite "Take Me Home, Country Roads", and also "England" and the one everybody has been chanting everyday recently, "It's Coming Home". It is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time, but involved some hard moments as well. That match against West Germany had ended in a 1-1 draw, with England going on to lose the penalty shootout.

"Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity, and sport has the power to do that (unite people)", he said.

"The nation is in meltdown; it has been the hottest summer in a generation, Boris Johnson has finally fucked off, and the country has sent out a search party out to find football because it was due home for tea a couple of weeks ago and it's still not back".

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"We've had the chance to make a difference".

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.

It feels like part and parcel of West Norfolk life but the Vancouver Quarter as we know it didn't exist as we know it until 2005 after a big redevelopment. "The more big games we are involved in, the more pressure situations they're involved in and emerge from successful, the more belief it will build", said Southgate at the pre-match conference on Tuesday night.

"Why didn't you ask me how I played well against him in other games?" At that time, the team had six captains of their clubs.

"I don't want them to lose, I don't want it to be a draw".