England football manager Gareth Southgate stole the nation's hearts with the Three Lions' performance at the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia. On Saturday morning, a waistcoated Southgate was spotted in Edgbaston stands cheering for the home team. It is a well-known fact that Birmingham crowd loves to dress up when they step out to watch cricket. The Southgate lookalike, who was also present during the recently concluded football extravaganza, led the celebrations of the English fan group 'Barmy Army' as Joe Root's unit beat India by 31 runs in the first Test to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Gareth Southgate has joined us at Edgbaston ?pic.twitter.com/rsbG0ybdVm— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 4, 2018
Southgate became a national hero after he led the Three Lions to the semi-final of the quadrennial showpiece event. According to several media reports, he will be offered a new contract with a significant pay rise to continue as England manager.
Moreover, Southgate has also been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men's Coach of 2018 along with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
To honour the coach, who led England to their best World Cup performance since 1990, a London Undergroud station was named 'Gareth Southgate' for 48 hours.
As far as cricket is concerned, Ben Stokes took three wickets on Saturday, including the prized scalp of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, to help England win the Edgbaston thriller by 31 runs.
India were 141/6, needing 53 more runs to win, when paceman Stokes had Kohli LBW for 51 with just his third ball of the day.
All-rounder Sam Curran was named Man-of-the-Match after starring with both bat and ball in England's 1,000th Test.
The second Test of the series will be played at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground starting August 9.
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