England Manager Gareth Southgate Gave England Squad Hand-Written Letters Before World Cup
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Throughout this World Cup, Gareth Southgate has proven himself over and over again. He consoled a Colombian player who missed a penalty - a position that Southgate himself was once all too familiar with. British Airways got behind him, dishing out free waistcoats, and let's take a minute to appreciate that hug with his wife.
Just give him a knighthood already.
So what else can this man do that would make him any more of a LAD? We suppose he could give each and every player a handwritten letter. Oh, wait, he already has.
According to the Metro, the England manager passed on personal letters to all the team - which is a perfect example of his attention to detail and oh so classy man-management.
And we don't just mean the players - we mean all the staff as well. Take Jim Lucas for example, who is England's social media officer - and who found a handwritten note in his room.
When we arrived in Repino a month ago, this was on my bed. I've looked at it every day since - and it was the first thing I looked at when we got back this morning.
I am so proud to work for this team and this manager. pic.twitter.com/e8ZhVxCEez
- Jim Lucas (@JFBLucas) July 12, 2018
Someone chopping onions in here or what? Stop it, Gareth.
Southgate was appointed as England manager two years ago and transformed the national team to such an extent they went from suffering a humiliating loss against Iceland in Euro 2016 to their first semi-final for 28 years in this World Cup.
And even though it might be the boss's first World Cup in charge of the team, it doesn't look like he's a newbie to an affectionate letter.
Fans took to Twitter to post letters that Southgate sent to his supporters after he missed a penalty for England at Euro 1996 - he thanked each for their backing
Didn't think I could love Southgate more than I do but finding out he replied to my mums letter 5 months after that miss shows how genuine the guy is #ThreeLions #ItsComingHome pic.twitter.com/53QMafLHEb- Matthew Robinson (@MattyRobbo67) July 7, 2018
The caption attached to the picture read: "Didn't think I could love Southgate more than I do but finding out he replied to my mums letter 5 months after that miss shows how genuine the guy is"
Another fan, who's wife received a letter, said: "Just to show what a top bloke Southgate is. Missus' letter to him in '96 got this reply. Wonderful".
Well, if that isn't one way to get the nation behind you we're not sure what is. Hats off to you, Mr Southgate.