It’s fair to say that, over the past few years, the England manager has well and truly stolen the nation’s heart, with his humility, passion and professionalism lauded across the football world. Not just that, but Southgate presides over a team that has been hailed for its social conscience, with actions including taking the knee against racism, making a stand on donating to the NHS, and taking the fight for free school meals to Downing Street.
After the final whistle – and amid wild celebrations both on and off the pitch – Southgate decided to take some time to console some of the Denmark squad, who played their socks off and were understandably gutted after giving the Three Lions an incredibly tough game.
In the clip from ITV, he can be seen embracing Simon Kjær and presumably giving the player some words of wisdom. He’s then seen chatting and hugging another player, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, in a similarly avuncular manner.
The moment was shared widely online, with Southgate praised for his sportsmanship. Gary Lineker described it as a “class act”.
Here’s what others said:
Genuinely lovely to see. This tournament has made me such a wet blanket https://t.co/ZK6MhQ5hDG