Gareth Southgate speaks of 'special' Euro 2020 semi-final win
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The acting megastar gave the Three Lions squad an inspirational talk ahead of the anticipated match against Italy by giving them the ultimate goal – to complete mission impossible and ‘bring it home’. The team was treated to an exclusive viewing of Mr Cruise’s yet-to-be-released new blockbuster.
Having a personal call with the team, Mr Cruise told the team to “bring football home”.
“They were very fortunate,” England boss Gareth Southgate said.
“They had a preview of a film that’s due out further down the line.
“And they had Tom dial in to speak to them, which I’d imagine was quite surreal.
“I was in a meeting watching videos of Italy… but that’s another story.
“They all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and, yes, they’ve had a good week… Ed Sheeran and Tom Cruise – the life of an England footballer.”
Sunday’s match marks the first time the England team has advanced to a final in 55 years.
The 1966 World Cup stands alone as the only time England have won either the Euros or the World Cup.
Cheers resounded across the nation on Wednesday night following England’s brilliant 2-1 victory over Denmark at Wembley.
This Sunday, fans are sure to blow the national horn again as England takes on Italy – a team unbeaten since September 2018.
Speaking of the upcoming game, Mr Southgate acknowledged it will be tough.
“Italian teams have always been well coached,” he said. “They’re always disciplined.
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“They’re meticulous in the way they prepare and I know, from talking to people who work with Roberto, that will be the case with this team.
“They’ve had an incredible run – three draws in 30, never mind any defeats.
“It’s remarkable for any team. It tells us the size of the task.”
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