England boss Gareth Southgate’s brilliant text message after Germany win comes to light
England hero David Seaman has revealed a text message he got from Gareth Southgate after the Three Lions’ 2-0 Euro 2020 win over Germany on Tuesday night. It was a thrilling evening for the whole country. And goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane mean football could, after 55 years, come home…
England beat Germany 2-0 to book their place in the last eight of Euro 2020.
Sterling opened the scoring in the 75th minute, notching after a pinpoint delivery from Luke Shaw.
And Kane then struck to double their lead in the closing stages, heading home after good work from substitute Jack Grealish.
It was a thrilling night for the nation, with celebrations breaking out across the country in the aftermath.
And Seaman, speaking to William Hill, has opened up on a text message he received from Southgate following the victory at Wembley.
He said: “I’m so happy for him.
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“When Gareth said that he’d seen me on the big screen and he realised myself and the rest of the lads hadn’t got to the (Euro ’96) final because he missed the penalty, it meant so much, but it never crossed my mind that that was the whole reason.
“Gazza (Paul Gascoigne) also missed a chance by an inch, Darren Anderton hit the post, and I should have saved a penalty.
“All of those things you bring together collectively as a team. Gareth didn’t hit the best penalty of his life, but for him to go full circle now and to see him walking around, clapping the fans, fist pumping and looking to the skies made me so happy for him.”
And he then added: “I text him straight after the game and he was brilliant about it. He said to me ‘yeah, it’s been a long time coming!’
“I spoke to Incey (Paul Ince) and Tony (Adams), and Gazza was on my podcast too.
“We mentioned Gareth’s penalty a little bit but it’s banter because we all went through it as a team and that’s what made it so special. I’m sure we’ll all be phoning each other up and enjoying it, but we have to move on and make this tournament better.
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“If we get knocked out in the next round, God forbid, the Germany game will be forgotten about.
“So now, it’s about making sure we develop and progress from that. Get to the semi-final, and then the final, and who knows from there?”
Seaman also thinks home advantage is a huge help for England, too, though their next game against Ukraine will take place in Rome.
He said: “The momentum is growing, and the games are getting bigger and bigger, and playing at Wembley definitely helps.
“The fans were amazing, and it was brilliant outside the stadium too.
“Everybody was up celebrating, even the Royals were jumping! Ed Sheeran and Becks (David Beckham) were beside me, and Ellie Goulding was giving it large a few rows from us too and let me tell you, she loves her football!”
Southgate labelled his England team as ‘immense’ after the win over Germany, though urged his side to stay focused as they go in search of glory.
“The players were immense, right the way through the team,” said the 50-year-old.
“The fans in the stadium were also incredible.
“I’ve been in here with a full house and not heard it near the levels heard today, but the energy was incredible in the stadium. To be able to send them home feeling as they do tonight… and you can’t beat a bit of ‘Sweet Caroline’, that’s a belter really!
“For those people, after such a difficult year at home, to have that enjoyment we’ve given them today was very special.
“It didn’t need me to say it, but when we got in the dressing room we were talking about Saturday already. Today’s been an immense performance but at a cost emotionally and physically. We need to make sure we recover well.
“It’s a dangerous moment for us. We have a feeling round the country that we only have to turn up to win the thing now, but it’s going to be an immense challenge from here on.
“The players’ feet are on the ground, they should feel confident from the way they’ve played, but we came here with an intention and we’ve not achieved that yet.
“To see the second goal in was a really special moment. But we’ve not achieved what we want to achieve yet. We can look back on a day like today in the future, but I want to get my focus right and look ahead to Saturday.”
And Southgate also praised his team’s composure, too.
“The performance was really important,” he said.
“We were playing a team with four World Cup winners, a manager who has had an incredible career with Germany. I have huge respect for what he’s done.
“We know there have always been questions about us against big teams and we knew Germany, with their experience, would dictate certain parts of the game.
“We will always have passion and heart but we also had brains. We pressed at the right moment, the forwards picked the right moments to go and stay, we found a balance of being brave with the ball and keeping possession in our own half and right moments to go quickly and counter. That was a real step forward for us.”
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