The England squad arrived back on home soil yesterday, touching down at Birmingham Airport as fourth place finishers in a World Cup which has surely instilled hopes for future success on the international stage.
Fresh off the plane, England manager Gareth Southgate sat down to discuss his team’s experience at the tournament and his hopes for England’s future.
“We came through so many barriers that have been historic hurdles to overcome – no knockout win for ten years, no penalty shootout win in a World Cup ever, the last semi-final 28 years ago – so it will have given belief to the players and the experiences of the wins and the defeats that we’ve had will make us a better team.”
Speaking about the tremendous support his team have received, Southgate admitted he hadn’t yet fully comprehended the impact his team progressing to the semi-final had on the nation, having only witnessing the mania back home via videos he’d seen online.
“It’s a privilege to be able to bring that enjoyment to everybody’s lives. Football has the power to do that, and we’ve talked to the players about that in the past and, having had some difficult experiences with England, they now can see the positive effect they can have as well.”
Watch the video to see the full interview.