Southgate sends emotional message after redemption for England against Germany

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England v Germany - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16

Gareth Southgate was thrilled to lead England to a win over Germany at Wembley (Picture: Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate admits that his penalty miss at Euro 96 is always going to hurt, saying he feels responsible to his former teammates, but is pleased to have created some joy for England fans with the win over Germany on Tuesday night.

The Three Lions beat Germany 2-0 in the last 16 of Euro 2020 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

Southgate is following up the memorable run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup with a run to the quarter-finals, at least, this year and is delighted to have continued the surge against the old rivals.

The current boss missed a penalty in the shootout of the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany, costing his side a place in the final and he is still smarting from that pain.

He knows that will never change, but he is loving the fact he can still create positive memories for his country.

‘I’m just so pleased,’ he told the BBC. ‘I was looking at the big screen and I saw Dave Seaman up there.

‘For the teammates that played with me, I can’t change that, so that’s always going to hurt.

‘But what’s lovely is that we’ve given people another day to remember and now we’ve got to go and do it in Rome.’

England now go to the Italian capital to take on Ukraine or Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday night.

While the England boss will be revelling in the fine win over the Germans, he has already turned his attention to the last eight and is focusing his players’ minds on the next challenge.

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Round of 16 - England v Germany - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - June 29, 2021 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal Pool via REUTERS/Catherine Ivill

Harry Kane scored England’s second against Germany (Picture: REUTERS)

‘I thought it was a brilliant afternoon,’ he said. ‘We have talked about bringing enjoyment to the nation and afternoons like this are what that is about.

‘The players were absolutely immense right the way through the team. The fans were as well. Only 40,000 of them but it was as good an atmosphere as I can remember at Wembley.

‘I said to the players straight away that I am the party pooper because if we don’t capitalise on that then it does not count for anything.

‘You know that you change the shape and pick certain personnel instead of others and it goes wrong, you are dead. We had to go about in the way we believed. We wanted aggressive pressure all over the field and we felt that to match them up was the right way of doing that.’


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