Thursday 24 October 2019

WATCH: Reaction of England bench sums up the raw emotion of their shootout win over Colombia

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

While the scenes of jubilant England fans throw beer high into the sky as Eric Dier slotted home their winning penalty against Colombia to book a place in the World Cup quarter-finals were played time and again on social media channels on Monday night, the reaction of the England manager and his coaching staff also makes for compelling viewing.

England boss Gareth Southgate has emerged as an impressive leader at this World Cup, with his interviews before and after games offering thoughtful and composed opinions that have seen his reputation rise over the course of the tournament.

Yet the emotion spilled out for Southgate as his side sealed a last eight clash with Sweden this weekend, as this video from ITV reporter Jacqui Oatley highlighted.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that 23.8 million people tuned in to ITV's coverage of the England v Colombia game on ITV on Tuesday night, the highest audience figure recorded by the network in over 20 years.

That figure will not include several million more who watched it in large gatherings at pubs, clubs and large screen venues, confirming World Cup fever has now gripped England amid the summer heatwave.

By comparison, the BBC recorded audience figures of 18.1 million for England's opening game of the World Cup against Tunisia, with 14.1 million tuning in for their second match against Panama.

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