Take yourself back to the heat of summer, beer in hand, as Gareth Southgate celebrated reaching the quarter-finals in front of the adoring support, waistcoat firmly placed on his chest of Three Lions.
But as you’ll know, the game wasn’t smooth sailing by any measure.
England controlled the game for the most part and were awarded a penalty after Harry Kane was manhandled inside the box.
But the referee’s decision to give the spot-kick didn’t go down too well with the Colombian team. They got up in the referees face, scuffed up the penalty spot, and generally displayed the worst kind of shit-housery around.
Even still, Eric Dier’s penalty knocked them out the cup. Colombia were sent packing, but – as England supporters know too well – the taste of defeat in penalties in a World Cup knockout game is pretty unbearable.
This is what makes what Gareth Southgate did all the more classier.
When the side were knocked out last night, he was pictured putting an arm round the players and consoling some of the Colombia side.
This is what football is all about, folks.
If England don’t win an award, surely Mr Southgate deserves some recognition.
Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.
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