Southgate says parents 'don't have to suffer pain of Euro 96 heartache any more' after England's Euro 2020 heroics

GARETH SOUTHGATE said his parents no longer have to suffer the pain of his Euro 96 heartache after masterminding England's run to the final.

The England manager let out a huge roar in front of an adoring Wembley faithful after the semi-final win over Denmark.

Southgate's Three Lions beat the Danes 2-1 after extra-time to reach the European Championship final for the first time ever.

It is 25 years on from one of Southgate's lowest moments in his football career.

The ex-England defender missed the decisive penalty at the old Wembley in the semi-final against Germany.

England were captained on that day by Arsenal's Tony Adams.

And Adams appeared on Good Morning Britain on Thursday to reveal what the win over Denmark meant to current boss Southgate.

Adams revealed: "I text him (Southgate) congratulations because I'm so proud to be his pal. He came back with a beautiful answer.

"He said: 'Thank god my mum and dad don't have to put up with all that pain any more'.

"He's making a new path now for all these young players, some of them weren't even born when he missed that penalty."


Speaking after the tense semi-final, Southgate said: "I'm so proud of the players. It was an incredible occasion to be a part of – the fans were incredible all night.

"We knew it wouldn't be straight forward and we knew at some point we were going to have to show some resilience and we did that tonight.

"The most pleasing thing is we've given our fans and nation a great night and the journey carries on for another four days."

England fans have called for Southgate to be knighted after a dream run to the Euro 2020 final.

One Twitter user suggested: “The Right Honourable Sir Gareth Southgate, Prime Minister, please!”

A second said: “It'll be Sir Gareth Southgate if we win it!

While a third concluded: “Arise Sir Gareth Southgate. Not just a great manager, but an inclusive and inspirational leader. Well done England.”

Another fan said: "Actually love the bloke. Sir Gareth Southgate – make it happen."

England take on Italy in the final at Wembley on Sunday night looking to win a first major trophy in 55 years.

Southgate added: "We're in the final and we've got to enjoy that fact, but we've got one more massive hurdle.

"Italy are a very good side. They're showing outstanding form and have defensive warriors at the back. It's a great game to look forward to.

"Finals are to be won. We've got to regroup and prepare properly. Tonight has taken a lot physically and emotionally. We'll think about that on the way back to Burton."

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