- England survived a hard-fought round of 16 World Cup clash against heavyweights Colombia
- News media in the UK are crediting Gareth Southgate's wife for how far he has come
And following the victory there was no man more excited than Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate, the man pulling the strings and calling shots at the World Cup.
According to Daily Mail (UK), during England's celebrations, the Three Lions gaffer could not help but embrace his beautiful wife Alison, who Gareth credits for keeping him grounded and focused.
A fromer sales assitant at Blonde, Allison shares nothing in common with the typical WAG lifestyle and centers her life around her family.
Southgate and his wife have been married for 20 years and have two teenagers; Mia, 19, a student at Edinburgh University and Flyn, 15, an avid cricket enthusiast and student at Yorkshire school.
Southgate revealed that his wife and family were firm pillars in his life and allowed him to maintain his focus on and off the pitch hence his family first managerial approach with his team.
The story of the two lovebirds is truly a tale of romance entangled with football that endured the test of time in a world where true love is hard to come by.
Southgate met Alison in his early 20s in a boutique she worked in and instantly fell head over heels in love with the beautiful lady who is almost four years his senior.
From then on, shy Southgate kept frequenting her workplace in the hopes of catching a glimpse of her or having a conversation with the woman who had stolen his heart.
Gareth could not build up the confidence to ask her out and it took him almost two years to finally dare to do so.
Eventually the two got together and the rest is history with Southgate speaking quite fondly of his family's role in his professional life.
Back in 2017, the Three Lions boss described how he spent his time unwinding with his family prior to embarking on preparations for the World Cup.
"Over the last couple of weeks I have just had a nice time spending time with the family though, and for me that is important because my kids and their development is as important to me as anything else in my life," he told Evening Standard (UK).
Southgate revealed that a balance between making team England a success and his role as a husband and father had to be kept intact.
"You do have to try and find a balance because my focus gets drawn towards making this team successful as we can and driving them to be the best team in the world, but I am also a dad and a husband," he said.
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