Gareth Southgate became the unlikely hero of a nation as he guided the England national team to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup over summer.
The former professional footballer and now beloved England gaffer has helped reinstall faith in national football.
The 48-year-old has installed a tough mental focus and unimaginable levels of confidence to the England team, and now we get to see his grit and determination in action.
Gareth will join Bear Grylls for a Christmas special of the ‘Mission’ TV series. Here’s everything you need to know.
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When is Bear Grylls with Gareth Southgate?
Bear Grylls Mission with Gareth Southgate is on TV tonight – Thursday, December 20th.
The one-off show will air on ITV at 9 pm, lasting 60 minutes in total.
What is it About?
The show will follow Gareth like you have never seen him before, as he is put to the test over a weekend of gruelling military and survival challenges.
Bear will look to put the England manager’s composure and poise under pressure while taking time to reminisce about that unforgettable summer of football.
Gareth Southgate said:
Ahead of the 2018 World Cup campaign, we took the England squad to the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre for a weekend of military training in the wilderness.
It was hugely beneficial for the team and something I was keen to repeat. Bear’s mission has not disappointed by presenting me with some great physical and mental challenges.
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Bear’s last Mission featured British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and saw the 105 kg athlete abseiling down mountains and eating bugs.
Speaking about Gareth’s appearance on the show, Bear said:
Gareth’s shown incredible strength in his life becoming England manager and our mission together certainly challenged him on so many levels.
The wild always rewards commitment and courage, and Gareth has both of these qualities in spades. It was an honour getting to know this great national hero on this journey together.
WATCH BEAR GRYLLS MISSION WITH GARETH SOUTHGATE ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20TH.