Sir Geoff Hurst revealed that he is backing Gareth Southgate and his England side to claim their first major title since 1966. England will face Italy in the Euro 2020 final, their first in 55 years at Wembley. This will be the first European Championship that England have ever played. The win would catapult the current team alongside the heroes of 1966. Hurst said he would be more than happy to share the limelight.
“The cynics will look at me and say that I don’t want England to do well, win the World Cup or the Euros which is absolute nonsense,” Sir Geoff Hurst said referencing Gareth Southgate and his team. “I understand more than anyone how important it is for our national team to be successful, for themselves and for the country. So I am a fan and I want us to do well and to win – that’s what I was brought up to do as a player and what I want us to do as a fan now.”
“I am as thrilled and as happy if we are doing well in tournaments as any other fan in England,” he added. “The enjoyment, of winning a World Cup in your own country, simply lasts forever. Hardly a day goes by, almost daily and just as much today as weeks or months after winning it that the euphoria is still there and the memories of it are brought up by someone. It’s astonishing really what happened back then is still affecting my life today.”