GARETH SOUTHGATE has confirmed he DID have coronavirus.
SunSport revealed the England boss secretly battled the virus final month after growing signs.
Gareth Southgate has confirmed he did battle coronavirusCredit score: Rex Options
Southgate described the virus as ‘not nice’ however mentioned his situation ‘wasn’t as severe as some folks’Credit score: Rex Options
And following the Three Lions’ 2-0 Nations League defeat to Belgium, the 50-year-old confirmed the information.
Southgate, 50, mentioned: “Sure, I did have the virus however happily I wasn’t as severe as among the folks in our nation.
“It isn’t nice and it isn’t one thing you’d select to have however all the things is ok now.”
Southgate had been pressured to self-isolate for ten days earlier than additional checks got here again adverse.
Concern was heightened as a result of his age however his health helped him battle off the lethal virus — along with his England stars none the wiser.
One supply mentioned: “He’s knowledgeable, he simply bought on with it. Thankfully he’s very match for his age.”
Southgate’s England misplaced 2-0 to Belgium within the Nations LeagueCredit score: Reuters
Southgate examined constructive round October 25, derailing his preparations for the present worldwide matches.
He self-isolated at dwelling in North Yorkshire, abandoning plans to attend Premier League video games in particular person.
Like Prince William, who was diagnosed back in April with coronavirus, he saved the information quiet with solely a handful of individuals figuring out.
A subsequent take a look at got here again adverse by November 5, enabling him to host a press convention on Zoom asserting his newest squad.
Gareth Southgate praised Jack Grealish’s efficiency in opposition to BelgiumCredit score: AFP or licensors
In the meantime, Soutgate praised Jack Grealish for his “excellent efficiency as England misplaced to Belgium.
He mentioned: “In the present day was an excellent recreation for us to see him in. I could not converse extremely sufficient of his efficiency.
“I believed Jack Grealish had a completely excellent recreation. Shedding Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, we lose quite a lot of pace. However I can not fault the attacking play till the final likelihood.
“I noticed what I knew I’d see from Jack, somebody with the bravery to play. He took the ball in tight areas, his approach was good, we knew he would purchase quite a lot of free-kicks. I believed he was excellent – he must be delighted. I defined to him what we needed to see after we introduced him in in September.”
Southgate added Grealish had “100 per cent” moved himself up the pecking order for future England video games.