11 Gareth Southgate memes that tell the story of England’s World Cup so far

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With England having reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, who better to recap the tournament from a Three Lions’ perspective than manager Gareth Southgate?

The England boss’ stock has risen sharply since the beginning of the tournament, as the combination of a nice guy image and a steely, competitive persona grips the public consciousness.

So here he is, all waistcoat and sensible haircut, to help you go over the team’s highs and lows so far at what could turn out to be one of the great World Cups for England.

1. Gareth’s mission? To bring football home, of course.

Southgate gives football directions
(Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport)

Kane corners meme
(Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport)

Gareth Southgate lifts the League Cup with Middlesbrough
(Nick Potts/PA)

England footballers listening to manager Gareth Southgate
(Aaron Chown/PA)

England losing to Belgium meme
(Brian Heppell/PA)

England manager Gareth Southgate
(John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

Golden Boot meme
(David Kendall/PA)

Gareth Southgate and Andy Woodman at Southgate's wedding

Southgate fans' nerves Colombia meme
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Terry Venables consoles Gareth Southgate after his penalty miss at Euro 96
(Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)

Southgate streaker World Cup meme
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

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