Lympstone marine had ‘big impact’ on England World Cup success says Southgate

PUBLISHED: 11:58 14 December 2018

England's Fraser Forster successfully completes the 'sheep dip' on the Royal Marines Endurance Course. The England squad experienced a different kind of boot camp over the weekend after manager Gareth Southgate arranged a top secret trip to the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre. Royal Navy/PA Wire.

England's Fraser Forster successfully completes the 'sheep dip' on the Royal Marines Endurance Course. The England squad experienced a different kind of boot camp over the weekend after manager Gareth Southgate arranged a top secret trip to the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre. Royal Navy/PA Wire.

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The Lympstone marine was recognised for his work inspiring the England football team at a glitzy award evening in London.

The England squad experienced a different kind of boot camp over the weekend after manager Gareth Southgate arranged a top secret trip to the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre. Royal Navy/PA Wire.The England squad experienced a different kind of boot camp over the weekend after manager Gareth Southgate arranged a top secret trip to the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre. Royal Navy/PA Wire.

A Lympstone marine had a ‘big impact’ on the England football team’s World Cup success, according to Gareth Southgate.

The England manager made the comments last night (December 13) during the Sun Military Awards 2018 where he presented Major Scott Mills of the Royal Marines with the Inspiring Others award.

The star studded event at Banqueting House in London’s Whitehall was attended by Jeremy Clarkson, Ben Fogle, SAS hero Andy McNabb, Bear Grylls and TV’s Lorraine Kelly hosted the event.

In June last year twenty members of the England squad, along with key members of the Football Association’s backroom staff, were whisked away on a surprise trip to Lympstone Marine Base.

Gareth Southgate attending The Sun Military Awards held at the Banqueting House, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 13, 2018. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok / PAGareth Southgate attending The Sun Military Awards held at the Banqueting House, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 13, 2018. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok / PA

They spent 48 hours in military uniform completing a series of exercises designed for recruits, including a night camping on Woodbury Common.

Speaking to The Sun after the award ceremony Major Mills said: “I’m blown away really and to have this fine gentleman [Southgate] next to me presenting the trophy is the icing on an incredible day.”

READ MORE: England football stars train with Royal Marines at Lympstone

Gareth Southgate said: “We’ve shared a few moments already. Every time I meet Scotty I start to well up, I get emotional. I don’t know what that tells us about our relationship but he really has inspired me as a leader and had a big impact on what I’ve done over the last couple of years.

“We talk about winning and losing in our game but the consequences are nowhere near the level of what the gentlemen and ladies face in the military.

“We were inspired to visit Lympstone and see how they operate. There was a real mutual bond that developed, I know lots of the players and marines are still in contact and that’s been very special for us.”

The 11th annual ceremony awarded prizes to winners from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, recognising remarkable feats of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness.

Six members of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards won the Hero Overseas award for their lifesaving first aid response during the Las Vegas shooting last year, where 59 people lost their lives.

The young soldiers bravely stepped in and used their battlefield training to aid the emergency services.

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