I don’t know how I did it either, by Gareth Southgate

TO BE honest, I’m just as confused as everyone else.

From journalists to fans, the first question people have asked me over the past two weeks is: “Gareth, how did you take a team with little international experience and turn them into genuine World Cup contenders?” To be honest, I haven’t got a fucking clue.

When it came to picking the squad I was lucky, because it pretty much picked itself. Kieran Trippier is very, very good at FIFA and he always plays as Yeovil. With that combination of skill and humility he was my first choice.

I chose Jordan Pickford because I used to have a poster of Jordan in my locker, and I chose Ruben Loftus-Cheek because I used to have a tortoise called Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Also, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, Harry Kane is very tall. I put him up front so he can get the ball when it’s higher. Harry Maguire is tall as well, so I put him down the back so he can get the ball when it’s higher but down the back.

I’ve just noticed that they’re both called Harry! Maybe it’s that?

Anyway, we’ve just got to concentrate on getting past Croatia and then it’s the World Cup final. If I find out how I got us this far, I’ll let you know.