This Twitter thread about ‘middle-aged crush’ Gareth Southgate will light up your day

England Manager Gareth Southgate is truly the man of the moment.

The 50-year-old strategic mastermind has led the Three Lions into the semi-finals of Euro 2020, raising hopes that football may, actually, be coming home.

The national team stormed to victory on Saturday, enjoying a thumping 4-0 win against Ukraine to make it into the next round of the tournament.

And while many fans focused on the skills of the game’s double-goal scorer Harry Kane, others had something else on their mind.

Scores of Twitter users were distracted by musings on what it would be like to date Southgate, admitting that he had swiftly become their “middle-aged crush”.

Comedian Medeleine Brettingham set the trend in motion by envisaging the manager eating a scotch egg in “dignified silence” as he waited for her in the car.

Fellow admirers soon piled in to offer their own wistful imaginings. Here’s a look at some of the best:

We could go on…

Southgate has spoken fondly of the support of fans, both home and away, so we wonder what he’d make of these very personal tributes.

Hopefully they won’t distract from the goal at hand: ensuring England’s boys make history and reach their first final since 1966.

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