Gareth Southgate shares how visiting Leeds United's Elland Road was a summer highlight

Gareth Southgate, Manager of England speaks with the media during a Press Conference at St Georges Park on September 10, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Leeds United hosted England's 2-0 win over Costa Rica in June.

Gareth Southgate, Manager of England speaks with the media during a Press Conference at St Georges Park on September 10, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

England boss Gareth Southgate has enjoyed a phenomenal few months – but has credited Leeds United's Elland Road for providing one of the best moments of the summer.

The Three Lions have been back in action for the first time since the World Cup over the last few days, losing 2-1 to Spain before beating Switzerland 1-0 on Tuesday.

England's defeat to Spain came at Wembley, but they were on the road again on Tuesday, as they played their home friendly with Switzerland at Leicester City's King Power Stadium.

 

England appear to be trialling playing more games around the country again, and they did that earlier in the summer when they played Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road.

Southgate's men won that game 2-0, and the atmosphere was unsurprisingly raucous given that it was England's first game at Elland Road since a game against Italy way back in 2002.

Now, when asked about England taking home games around the country again, Southgate revealed to Sky Sports (19:38) that he felt the trip to Leeds was one of the best moments of the summer for England, as the atmosphere was simply 'brilliant'.

England's supporters wave flags in the grandstand ahead of the International friendly football match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds in northern England on June 7,...

“I think Leeds was one of the best moments of the summer for us,” said Southgate. “The atmosphere created up there was brilliant,” he added.

Given that Southgate took England to the World Cup semi-finals, had the country behind him all the way, experienced a penalty shoot-out win and victories over Tunisia, Panama and Sweden, picking the trip to Elland Road as a notable highlight is certainly a bold claim from the England boss – but highlights just how impressive the Leeds fans really are.

Jamie Vardy crosses the ball during the International Friendly match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road on June 7, 2018 in Leeds, England.

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