How Royal Marines Helped England To The World Cup Semi-Finals
England manager Gareth Southgate praised the impact a training session by the Royal Marines has had on his players.
Gareth Southgate has praised the impact the Royal Marines have had on his side (Left image: Royal Navy, right image: PA).
The England manager has praised the impact a commando training session by the Royal Marines has had on his players.
As chants and renditions of 'Three Lions' continue to circulate around the nation, Gareth Southgate has been keen to point out that this new togetherness found within the camp stemmed from the Royal Marines.
In an interview with the BBC, he was asked why the players do not use their phones while eating dinner.
He confirmed it was not a plan that he had drafted up, but something from the military: "I think it stems from our trip to the Royal Marines last year, where we were out camping and phones didn't work.
"We thought 'this is carnage, they won't be able to last two days' but they really enjoyed it and they recognised that it did make them speak with each other, it did connect them."
Gareth Southgate, who earned 57 caps for England as a player, said: "They are an elite organisation who represent our country incredibly proudly.
“It was good for our guys to get an understanding of the fact that when they represent their country the consequences of failure are far more serious.
“It is putting it in the context of playing a football match."
On Twitter, 40 Commando RM posted: "Congratulations England.
"The last national team to train with the Royal Marines went on to win the World Cup. Just saying!"