Former England goalkeeper David Seaman has revealed thattold him the Three Lions’ heroic 2-0 win against was a ‘long time coming’.
Southgate has admitted to being haunted by his infamous penalty miss 25 years ago at Euro 96, a mistake that sent his team crashing out, but the relief was evident after the triumph against England’s old foes in the same competition on Tuesday.
Seaman was among the frantic crowd at Wembley, and he has now admitted to having shared a touching post-match conversation with his former team-mate to reflect on the historic result.
Gareth Southgate guided England to a memorable victory against Germany at Euro 2020
David Seaman, a former team-mate of Southgate, revealed he spoke to him after the game
During his interview with the BBC, Southgate had reflected on his horror moment at the same ground. Having noticed Seaman inside one of the boxes, the feeling of ‘hurt’ was brought back to him.
All is forgiven on the legendary stopper’s part, however, and Seaman conceded the sentiment from Southgate ‘meant so much’.
‘I’m so happy for him,’ Seaman told. ‘When Gareth said that he’d seen me on the big screen and he realised myself and the rest of the lads hadn’t got to the (Euro ’96) final because he missed the penalty, it meant so much.
Southgate still feels the ‘hurt’ caused by his infamous penalty miss at Wembley at Euro 96
Seaman (second from left, second row) was at the ground to watch Southgate’s redemption
‘But it never crossed my mind that that was the whole reason.
‘Gazza (Paul Gascoigne) also missed a chance by an inch, Darren Anderton hit the post, and I should have saved a penalty. All of those things you bring together collectively as a team.
‘Gareth didn’t hit the best penalty of his life, but for him to go full circle now and to see him walking around, clapping the fans, fist pumping and looking to the skies made me so happy for him.’
He went on to add: ‘I text him straight after the game and he was brilliant about it. He said to me “yeah, it’s been a long time coming!”‘
Southgate admitted he had spotted Seaman in the crowd, which made him reflect back on ’96
England were knocked out in the semi-finals by Germany at the tournament in ’96 on home soil, and it was Southgate who saw his decisive spot-kick saved, meaning the host nation lost the shootout 6-5.
‘The team-mates that played with me, I can’t change that, so that’s always going to hurt,’ Southgate said earlier this week.
Over two decades on, though, and the head coach has earned his redemption after guiding the current crop through the recent showdown.
The Three Lions crashed out at the semi-final stage after Southgate saw his spot-kick saved
Seaman is also revelling in the result, but has issued a warning that the achievement will be in vain if England are eliminated by Ukraine two games away from the final.
‘I spoke to Incey (Paul Ince) and Tony (Adams), and Gazza was on my podcast too,’ he added. ‘We mentioned Gareth’s penalty a little bit but it’s banter because we all went through it as a team and that’s what made it so special.
‘I’m sure we’ll all be phoning each other up and enjoying it, but we have to move on and make this tournament better.
Harry Kane ended his duck at this summer’s tournament to help England into the quarter-finals
Seaman believes having the home advantage may be crucial after the wild scenes on Tuesday
‘If we get knocked out in the next round, God forbid, the Germany game will be forgotten about. So now, it’s about making sure we develop and progress from that. Get to the semi-final, and then the final, and who knows from there?’
The semi-finals and final will both also be held at Wembley, and the home advantage that would be afforded to the Three Lions is an opportunity they cannot afford to give up, according to Seaman.
‘The momentum is growing, and the games are getting bigger and bigger, and playing at Wembley definitely helps,’ he said. ‘The fans were amazing, and it was brilliant outside the stadium too.’
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