England squad given copies of new Jack Charlton film to watch

England squad given copies of new Finding Jack Charlton film to watch as inspiration ahead of Republic of Ireland clash… as boss Gareth Southgate hails ‘massive impact’ 1966 World Cup winner had during his life

  • England squad have been given chance to watch new Finding Jack Charlton film
  • Due to Covid rules, Gareth Southgate couldn’t arrange full-squad screening
  • New film is about life of Charlton, England World Cup winner and Ireland boss
  • Southgate hailed the ‘massive impact’ he had on both English and Irish football 

Gareth Southgate’s England squad have been given the chance to watch the new Finding Jack Charlton film as inspiration ahead of their game against the Republic of Ireland tonight.

The Three Lions boss would have liked to arrange a screening for the entire squad, as he did with the Sir Bobby Robson film, More Than A Manager, two years ago.

But Covid-19 restrictions meant that was not possible and Southgate’s players were instead given individual copies of the movie charting the life of the England World Cup winner and former Ireland manager.

England’s players have been given copies of the new ‘Finding Jack Charlton‘ film to watch 

Gareth Southgate has spoken to Sportsmail about the incredible impact Charlton had

Southgate hopes his players will draw inspiration from Charlton’s story – even if the film does include Ireland’s famous victory over England at Euro 88.

Speaking about the legendary centre-back, Southgate told Sportsmail: ‘Of course, from an England perspective, he’s one of 11 – 12 with Sir Alf – who we will always remember and who has such a significant part in English football history.

‘I also had a good insight into what he achieved with Ireland having played with a number of the Irish players of that time, and the impact on the country and the joy they had following the team in what was Ireland’s most successful period ever.

‘Add in to that the human nature of him… I played for him in a testimonial for Paul McGrath, he was the manager, and his personality and the way he dealt with everybody was fabulous to see. You don’t hear players who played for him have a bad word to say.

‘He’s had a massive impact. I heard his son say that he’d lived the lives of 10 people… and how true.’ 

In July, Charlton died at the age of 85 at his Northumberland home, after suffering from dementia and lymphoma. 

England’s players have been given the chance to watch the film before the Ireland game

Charlton (left), who suffered from dementia in his later years before his sad passing in July, is reminded of his former glories by his loving wife Pat (right) during the film

***Finding Jack Charlton is out on DVD & digital download from 23rd November*** 




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