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5 things you probably didn't know about Gareth Southgate

Nived Zenith
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06 Jul 2018, 14:23 IST

#2 His first manager told him he'll be better off as a travel agent

And that's exactly how he feels now
And that's exactly how he feels now

Gareth Southgate joined Crystal Palace at the age of 16 as a member of the youth team under the then manager Alan Smith, who was in charge of the youth setup back then. Looking back at those days, Smith recalls how after losing a match against a British Army XI he spotted Southgate shaking hands with the opposition and thanking them politely.

The manager called him in and said, "Gareth look, if I was you I’d become a travel agent because I don’t think football’s going to be for you, if you go on like this.” After the incident, the player decided to man-up like his gaffer wanted and he was apparently able to "pick himself up and realise what being a professional footballer was about.”

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