Gareth Southgate Proves He's a LAD By Consoling Colombian Player
When England won last night, you might have been hugging your mates down the pub or your parents in the living room.
We know Ian Wright was clutching Lee Dixon as it went off in the ITV studios. But England boss Gareth Southgate had different ideas.
The 47-year-old spent time consoling Colombia's Mateus Uribe, who hit the crossbar when he took his penalty.
Southgate certainly knows what it feels 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.
That was 22 years ago and he still took the opportunity to offer support yesterday. What a LAD.
It might be because his own manager back then, Terry Venables, consoled him in the same way.
The MailOnline reported that rather than celebrate with his own team, Southgate decided to keep a lid on his delight and instead ensure that 27-year-old Uribe was okay.
The Colombian was in tears as he stood next to his manager, covering his face with his shirt, but Southgate went to put an arm around his shoulder and gave some words of encouragement.
One Twitter user labelled the England manager as 'the ultimate gentleman', while another said the Three Lions are 'lucky to have him' following his humble reaction.
One fan on Twitter said: "This photo of England manager Gareth Southgate consoling opponent Colombian Mateus Uribe is great to see. Both Southgate and Uribe missed crucial penalties that cost their sides victory."
Another added: "This photo of Gareth Southgate consoling Uribe after he missed a penalty has got me all choked up again. Football, eh?"
A third added: "100% gentleman. He knows the pain of missing a penalty in a shoot out and is seen comforting Colombia's Mateus Uribe after England's win."
Southgate did eventually allow himself to enjoy the moment with his team and family, who he joined in the stands for an emotional reunion.
The England boss missed the penalty against Germany in 1996 in the semi-final which meant that England left the Euros.
According to the MailOnline, Southgate spoke about wanting to address a penalty shootout situation - which he looks to have achieved big time.
Last week, he said: "I've learnt a million things from the day and the years that have followed it. The biggest thing being that when something goes wrong in your life, it doesn't finish you."
Carry on being a gent, Gareth. And bring it home in the process - no pressure.
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