Gareth Southgate: I Couldn't Listen To Three Lions For 20 Years

Gareth Southgate: I Couldn't Listen To Three Lions For 20 Years

"England are very strong, they have very good individual players".

The England manager has revealed he couldn't bear to hear the football song after missing a penalty in Euro '96.

Speaking to Sky News 22 years on, the ex-footballer said: "Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".

"It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

Southgate acknowledged that the team may have helped bring the country together in a time of political crisis.

"Our country's been through some hard moments in terms of unity and football has the power to do that".

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"The team is getting better and better with every game and that was the same with us in 1966 which is why I'm quietly optimistic", he said.

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