FIFA World Cup 2018: 'Hope our Cup run inspires home coaches'

Jul 14, 2018, 07:31 IST | PA Sport

"That's why it is an honour to do it and to play in a way and get to a stage of a tournament that will hopefully inspire young coaches as well."

FIFA World Cup 2018: 'Hope our Cup run inspires home coaches'
Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate believes England's remarkable run to the World Cup semi-finals has not only showcased homegrown talent but struck a blow for the country's coaches. Heartache and frustration was intertwined with pride after Wednesday's galling 2-1 extra-time loss to Croatia denied them a place in the Luzhniki Stadium showpiece finale.

Southgate's disappointment at missing the final is clear but there is understandable confidence about the future given the improving health of the national game and inspiration this run provide.

"We felt it was the chance to showcase what young English players can do," the England manager said. "And, also, we hoped that we could strike a blow for English coaches as well because it's not always been possible for English coaches to have this job.

"That's why it is an honour to do it and to play in a way and get to a stage of a tournament that will hopefully inspire young coaches as well."

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