England manager Gareth Southgate’s class seems to have rubbed off on his players.
The Three Lions boss is already one of the most popular national team bosses in the country’s recent history.
A part of his charm comes from his measured and articulate approach, but they do say a workman is only as good as his tools.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has left poignant message and thanked Southgate for all he has done for the country.
Rashford battled the crushing disappointment following Croatia’s extra time victory in Moscow on Wednesday night.
The 20-year-old took to twitter to sum up what everyone is thinking following an emotionally draining night in Russia.
He wrote: “You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Thank you boss from the whole nation.”
Rashford will be hoping to score his first World Cup goal in the third-place play-off.
Having been used mainly as a substitute, he is almost certain to start the match against Belgium on Saturday as the England team aim to give fans one last moment to enjoy.
You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Thank you boss from the whole nation ❤️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/2meUAFlIN5
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) July 12, 2018
Then of course they must sit back and watch what might have been.
Sunday’s World Cup final sees favourites France take on Croatia in Moscow, the venue of English heartache on Wednesday night.
Southgate paid tribute to his players saying they have united the nation.