"The progress of the England team in the world cup is very exciting for people across the country".
Football supporter Liam Betson launched the official petition to the Government, for the day after the World Cup final to be designated a Bank Holiday, and has - at the time of writing - attracted nearly 120,000 signatures.
"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won [in 1966]", he said.
But England's revival under Southgate at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, now just one win away from their first finals appearance since 1966, has shot the song back on to the United Kingdom singles charts, with the line "football's coming home" also becoming the catchphrase of their campaign. "They have just displayed the qualities they have, that is all".
Harry Kane was not even born when England last reached the World Cup semifinals 28 years ago, but the Tottenham striker - who has met 1966 final hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst - fully appreciates the weight of history he and his teammates are making in Russian Federation.
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"In honour of our England getting to the semi-final, we've made a decision to decorate one of our buses to show our support". England forward Harry Kane has scored six World Cup goals in Russian Federation .
Kane told journalist: "It's fantastic to meet any heroes from '66 and it gives you so much inspiration, obviously it's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament".
"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament. Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.
Asked how he would avoid the song, Southgate added: "I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".
The Labour leader said: 'We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration.