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Southgate “couldn’t be prouder to be an Englishman” ahead of Euro 2020 final

Gareth Southgate has revealed he “couldn’t be prouder to be an Englishman” after leading the nation to its first major final in 55 years.

Southgate has become a national hero during England’s wonderful Euros campaign and now they are just 90 minutes from glory and a first trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

Three Lions boss Southgate has put a smile back on the face of the country after the pandemic following amazing celebrations after England’s win over Denmark to set up a final showdown with Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

Southgate said: “We’re a special country, we are historically an incredible country and I know I couldn’t be prouder to be an Englishman.

“I can’t be prouder to have the opportunity to lead my country so to bring happiness at this time where it’s been so difficult for this period is a very special feeling.”


Southgate has laid to rest another of England’s demons after reaching the Euros final following three semi-final defeats at Italia 90, Euro 96 and the World Cup three years ago.

But Southgate says the achievement has yet to fully sink in even though he admitted he is sensing the excitement building and growing as the squad are treated like heroes on the drive to Wembley.

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Southgate added: “I guess for me it hasn’t really totally registered because I’m not reading those front pages and I’m not tuning into those bulletins so but I noticed the journey to the stadium on Wednesday with the tooting of the horns, the flags on the cars.

“I’m starting to get a feel of exactly what’s going on and I suppose in the back of my mind I know what’s going on but I’ve tried to put it to one side really and keep focused on what we’re doing.

“But to be able to hear Wembley like it was tonight and to know how that will have been around the country is, yes, it’s an honour.”




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