Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate might be the most fearsome football manager the world has ever seen but when it comes to his family he is quite a different guy.
The England gaffer will be leading the Three Lions to the Euros this time around and he is likely to be supported by his long time sweetheart Alison Southgate.
Gareth’s love story has been the most unusual thing that has happened in his life so far. The 50 year old was too shy to strike a conversation with the pretty blonde and was often seen in a clothing shop just to have a glimpse of Alison.
Having failed to woo her previously, the former England defender actually garnered all his courage and decided to visit them at a restaurant where she and his boyfriend were together.
He somehow managed to hand her his phone number when his boyfriend was not looking and the gamble eventually paid off as Alison called him that night fixing a date for tomorrow.
But with Alison still having his relationship with her ex-boyfriend the duo used to meet at the local Tesco car park.
Gareth’s family has been a pillar of strength for him and they have been pretty rock solid despite his tumultuous professional life.
In his Autobiography, Southgate admitted that he spends time with his family in a bid to keep his personal life unaffected.
“On Saturday evening, our children are not too bothered whether Dad’s team have won or lost.
“Neither does Alison fret too much about football, and this is how I like it.
“Regardless of the result, it is up to me to ensure that no one’s evening is ruined because of things that happened on a football field.
“The agonising waits until Alison and the kids are asleep.”