He may be Palace but I have long been impressed with how Gareth Southgate conducts himself. He is clearly thoughtful, principled and passionate.
This piece he wrote entitled ‘Dear England’ in the lead up the start of this weekend’s Euro’s is quite beautiful. Stirring and emotive words that should have every English person’s hair stand up on the back of their neck whilst nodding in agreement. Southgate’s articulate piece is modern day patriotism at it’s best.
I’m also absolutely sure some will think it is drivel. Well, more fool them and their bigotry.
I too rushed home from school on that afternoon in 1982 to see Bryan Robson head us in front against France in the first minute. And I too will stand tall on Sunday when the first blast of the national anthem sounds and will cheer on every England shirt, whoever is wearing it, just like I have always with Charlton.