The Reception An Emotional Gareth Southgate Received After Full-Time Might Make You Cry

It still hurts now. England's World Cup dreams were shattered on Wednesday night after a narrow defeat to Croatia and despite it being hours after the crushing result, the country are filled with a mixture of emotions: pride being one of them.

The lads didn't just exceed expectations this summer. They gave millions of people hope.

Going into the competition nobody gave the Three Lions a chance, but the likes of Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford proved doubters wrong, time and time again It has been a summer to remember, that's for sure and the cool, calm and collected figure of England manager Gareth Southgate deserves a huge amount of respect for his efforts.

Image: PA
Image: PA

When he arrived on the scene after Sam Allardyce's untimely departure, it was played down by many and honestly, you could see why.

That didn't faze him, though. Southgate has established himself as one of the great England managers and he once again proved his class, last night.

He walked out of the changing room to thank the England fans who travelled thousands of miles to support their team and in an emotional moment for all, those who went through the pain of defeat in the Luzhniki Stadium.sang the 'Southgate you're the one" song.

The 47-year-old kept his emotions in check throughout, but you can see this touching moment brought a tear to the eye.

His diligence and manor both on and off the touchline has earned the respect of not only England fans, but supporters of other countries.

Colombia, for example, hailed the former Middlesbrough defender after he was seen consoling their players after penalty shoot-out heartache. Southgate knew what it felt like to be in that situation, having missed the decisive spot-kick for England back at Euro 96 when they were knocked out at Wembley in a heart-breaking semi-final defeat by Germany.

So he acted. A true gentlemen of the game and many praised his efforts throughout on social media.

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Thank you, Gareth.

Now let's push on and create even more history. We have all the minerals to succeed on the international stage. We believe.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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