Although Southgate seems to roll with the punches and poke fun at himself, he admitted that he regretted doing the Pizza Hut advertisement and how it affects him to this day.
“I wish I hadn’t done it; people thought I was cashing in on it,” he told FourFourTwo magazine in 2012.
Last year, he spoke with Prince William for Daily Mirror about his missed penalty kick and mental health surrounding players in stressful moments, saying,” professionally, it was the most challenging experience that I’ve been through.”
“The country was on a bit of a tidal wave of emotion and good feeling, and then you walk away from the stadium feeling you’re the person that ultimately responsible for that finishing, “he continued.
Southgate explained to Prince William that he didn’t feel “anger,” he felt regret, remorse, and responsibility to a small degree” that still lives with him to this day because he felt that he failed under pressure.
He also spoke about meeting with Pearce, who gave him “invaluable” advice about what the next few months after his loss might look like, which can affect mental wellbeing and confidence because the situation is publicized.
“There are various issues with people’s mental health that can affect how they feel or how they perform. It’s making sure that we don’t feel there is a stigma for people and that it’s acceptable to look for help,” he adds.