Gareth Southgate speaks to a Chelsea Pensioner during a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea (Picture: Michael Regan/Football Association).
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'Amazing experience': England manager Gareth Southgate visits Chelsea Pensioners

Gareth Southgate said it was "quite humbling" to sit down and talk to the veterans during a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Gareth Southgate speaks to a Chelsea Pensioner during a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea (Picture: Michael Regan/Football Association).

England football manager Gareth Southgate paid a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea ahead of Remembrance Week.

He spent time with the Chelsea Pensioners, who donned their iconic scarlet uniforms, to learn more about the men and women who have served their country.

"I have to say it was an amazing experience," Southgate said.

"I've never been before, so to see how well looked after everybody who lives there was something to behold.

"When they were serving, they would've been at an age similar to what our players are now and many would also have very similar backgrounds.

"To be able to sit and chat, laugh and have my leg pulled by the ex-soldiers, it was quite humbling really because you know what they've given of their lives for our country."

It's not the first time Southgate has spent time with the Armed Forces community. 

Southgate previously attended a military sports awards ceremony and famously, he and his players went through some Royal Marines training ahead of the 2018 World Cup and received mentoring from one marine on how to cope with pressure. 

 

Watch: Gareth Southgate previously spoke to Forces News about how a Royal Marine helped inspire his England team to reach the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.