Southgate’s successful stint in Russia has earned him a lifetime supply of waistcoats from a firm in London. REUTERS/Lee Smith
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England is basking in unexpected World Cup success as coach Gareth Southgate is elevated to national hero status, cathedral organs belt out football anthems and the country prepares to shut down for Wednesday's semifinal. Clean-cut, waistcoated manager Southgate was not even supposed to be in Russia. England, basking in a long summer heat wave, is starting to believe that the team can reach their first final since 1966 after the young side saw off Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinals Saturday.Marks and Spencer, official tailors to the England team, declared Saturday #NationalWaistcoatDay in honor of Southgate and the team.Southgate was an accomplished defender for England and a clutch of Premier League clubs, but his managerial experience is limited to a spell at Middlesbrough and with the England Under-21sPerhaps, though, the Daily Mirror summed it up best as to why Southgate has wowed the English public.
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