Gareth Southgate gathered his England players the morning after the semi-final the night before. He talked about leaving a legacy, representing his country, and earning respect. After that, he got down to business.
He told them they had an option. Which color medal would you like? As he delivered this story, Southgate paused. He’d read all the goodwill notes informing him that no matter what happened from here on out, it’d been a fantastic tournament.
He’s been made aware of the widespread belief that he’s a success as England manager simply because he’s made it this far. As a result, he can’t be satisfied with acclaim and praise. The bottom line today is a gold medal, a trophy.
He’s been to this location before. Even though England was eliminated in the semi-finals, the 2018 World Cup was regarded well. On the night, however, it didn’t feel that that. Later, Southgate put everything into perspective, seeing the bigger picture, the trip.
Source: Daily Mail