Gareth Southgate has told his players to create their own “iconic” Wembley moments as they chase Euros glory.
Southgate wants England’s new generation to end up with their pictures all over the new stadium which will be talked about for years to come and remain etched into history.
Three Lions boss Southgate is just 90 minutes away from leading England to their first major final since the 1966 World Cup but says since Wembley was rebuilt in 2007 there have not been enough special memories.
There will be up to 66,000 fans at Wembley for the Euros semi final with Denmark and Southgate wants it to be a special night which no England fan will ever forget and the memories will last forever.
Southgate said: “Wembley has a fantastic history, of course, but those of us old enough to remember the old stadium, a lot of those memories would be from the old stadium there’s no doubt about that.
“The history of the stadium relies on those iconic moments and if we look historically that’s been in in the past, World Cup final, Olympic games, big boxing events and there have been perhaps less of those headline events at the new Wembley.
“This tournament of course is now one of those moments where we’ve had the chance to have some very high-profile games already and achieve some big moments.
“There’s some sort of pictures on the wall as you drive into the dressing rooms of iconic England moments but some of them aren’t even from finals competitions.
“David Beckham’s free-kick against Greece was a qualifier so I think our players have got over the last two tournaments they’ve been able to create some really special memories for especially youngsters. Bless them they think it’s like this all the time with England!
“They’ve not had to live through what we’ve all lived through. I’ve not heard the new Wembley have an atmosphere like it did for the Germany game, the Croatia Nations League game was a very good one in terms of the atmosphere Germany was another level and I’m sure tomorrow is gonna be very special.”