England coach Gareth Southgate is of the opinion that the current England team can be held in just as high a regard or even more than the 1966 team if they can bring the World Cup home.
England are currently enjoying one of their greatest World Cup outings ever, having qualified for the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years by beating Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals. They will now take on an impressive Croatia side to qualify for only their second World Cup final.
England won the World Cup way back in 1966 under the tutelage of Sir Alf Ramsey. The Bobby Moore-led squad has never been forgotten despite five decades passing by.
Southgate feels that if England can lift the World Cup, this team can immortalize themselves in English Football history just as the 1966 team did.
The 47-year old said, “We’ve talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won. How they’re still held and revered. (It was) at the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what’s possible, what we’re looking to achieve in the long-term.
We have had events on in camp when some of those guys have been in, when the road was named at St George’s (Park) after Sir Alf. I’ve met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they’re held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier. Social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger.”
England will take on Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday at Moscow. The winner books a place in Sunday’s final against either France or Belgium, also at Moscow.