GARETH SOUTHGATE paid tribute to the Queen for “her impeccable duty” as Britain’s ultimate leader.
England manager Southgate spoke on Friday of his pride in singing God Save the Queen 57 games ago as a player and 74 as a boss.
Southgate said: “My thoughts today are with His Majesty King Charles III, the FA President HRH, the Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family.
“In remembering and celebrating the life of Her Majesty The Queen, we also recognize her remarkable leadership and lifetime of dignified service.
“She showed the world what it means to be British.
“Her values, her dignity, her resilience were a role model for all of us and she gave us strength and support in the best and also in the most difficult times.”
The Queen was patron of the FA, which on Friday confirmed there would be a period of silence before the English Nations League game against Germany at Wembley on September 26, during which players must wear black bands.
Southgate added: “I was proud to have her as a patron and to sing God Save the Queen before every game.
“The team will have a chance to do us honor in our game against Germany later this month.
“An occasion that naturally commemorates the 1966 World Cup final and the moment when Her Majesty Bobby Moore presented the Jules Rimet Trophy. As Wembley and the country fall silent, I will remember that and their 70 years of impeccable duty.”
Sarina Wiegman, who led England’s lionesses to glory at this summer’s Women’s Euros, also paid tribute to Her Majesty.
The Netherlands boss said: “The national anthem, sung with such respect by my players and staff, was a reminder of what it meant to the country.
“The words ‘send them victorious,’ a line written on our shirts was also in our hearts.
“This summer she took the time to write to me and my players to congratulate us on our success.
“In that letter she called us an ‘inspiration for girls and women.’
“You, Majesty, have been the inspiration with your unrelenting work ethic, leadership, dignity and kindness.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6188486/gareth-southgate-tribute-the-queen-england-germany/ Gareth Southgate hails the Queen for her “impeccable duty” with England to honor Her Majesty against Germany this month