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England manager Gareth Southgate admits he was supporting Scotland during the 1978 Planet Cup


Sep 11, 2023
England boss Gareth Southgate admits he was supporting Scotland during the 1978 World Cup


England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted that he was backing Scotland for glory in the 1978 World Cup.

Southgate manufactured the shock admission ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with Scotland at Hampden Park for a 150th Anniversary Heritage Match on Tuesday, stay on talkSPORT.

Southgate admits he was a Scotland fan during their World Cup campaign in 1978


Southgate admits he was a Scotland lover through their Entire world Cup marketing campaign in 1978Credit history: Getty
The Scots were unable to deliver success though


The Scots were being unable to provide success howeverCredit score: Getty

Offered the historic rivalry involving the two dwelling nations, many admirers are expecting the pleasant to be everything but that.

Talking to the media ahead of the clash, Southgate recalled the first time he viewed England acquire on Scotland.

“My 1st memory is some of your mates nicking the goalposts at Wembley, so back again to 1977!” he reported. “When I was increasing up it was only the FA Cup remaining and the household internationals that ended up stay on television, so it was the only recreation we observed really.”

The match in query observed Scotland conquer England 2-1 in the 1976/77 British Residence Championship, with Southgate aged 7 at the time.

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Southgate's first memory of the rivalry with England saw Scotland record a historic win


Southgate’s initially memory of the rivalry with England noticed Scotland report a historic getCredit score: Getty

Scotland supporters invaded the pitch at Wembley in celebration as they received on the hallowed turf for the initial time in 10 several years.

Just a 12 months later on they competed at the World Cup in Argentina, and Southgate supported England’s neighbours amid the A few Lions’ absence.

“I indicate this is horrendous what I am heading to say in this article in advance of tomorrow but I observed supporting Scotland in 1978 mainly because naturally we hadn’t experienced!” he reported.

“So I form of followed that via the trauma of Peru and the Netherlands, then we were being back again in in 1982 and all of sudden for me then onwards it was all about England.”

Scotland unsuccessful to make it out of the group at the Globe Cup as they could only muster just one earn against the Netherlands, with a draw coming towards Iran and defeat to the hands of Peru preventing them from advancing to the following stage.

The two sides last met in a 0-0 draw during Euro 2020


The two sides last fulfilled in a – draw through Euro 2020Credit rating: Getty

Talking on the rivalry alone, Southgate added: “Good fixtures, I’ve fulfilled so many of the former gamers above the several years, labored with some of them, performed with some of them so it is a magnificent recreation.

“I know there is a rivalry and I know people will be cautious of it crossing a boundary but it can be a excellent sporting rivalry and it’s a terrific recreation to be concerned in.”

England head into their 2nd match of the intercontinental split off the back of a 1-1 attract towards Ukraine in their Euro 2024 qualifier.

Their clash in opposition to Scotland will be the 116th meeting concerning the two countries, with the 3 Lions major on 48 wins.

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