Dion Dublin admits "real bad habit" with nickname for Gareth Southgate

Dion Dublin has admitted he has a "real bad habit" when it comes to his nickname for Gareth Southgate.

The pair were teammates at Aston Villa from 1998 to 2001, in a side that was captained by Southgate. But the former centre-back has since gone on to become somewhat of a national treasure.

In the two major tournaments he has overseen in his role as England manager, Southgate has steered the side to a World Cup semi-final and a Euros final. One of his main priorities has been to create a harmonised team spirit, with players putting their club rivalries aside to fight for their country.

It's led to England fans up and down the country showing their admiration for the gaffer, with a catchy song and also donning his iconic waistcoat. But it's not just us England fans that can't seem to get enough of Southgate.

Dion Dublin has explained he's got a bit of a habit in regards to his nickname for the national team manager. He told Alex Scott, Fara Williams and Southgate himself on Football focus "I've got a habit," he said.

"I've got a real bad habit of calling Gareth 'skipper'. It's hard to live with!"

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Things got rather emotional when Dublin was in front of the microphone on Football Focus last weekend before Chelsea and Liverpool battled it out in the FA Cup final. The show was paying tribute to legendary pundit Mark Lawrenson, who was leaving his role on the show after 25 years.

A special montage of Lawro's best bits was played on the big screen inside Wembley Stadium, but the tributes continued shortly after. Standing on the terraces next to Lawro, Dublin said: "Having done this show now for so many years, I had Lawro and Crooksy – they were kind of my mentors when I came into it.

"I've listened to these guys and they've got me to this position right now. I've been doing this show for years, a lot of it is down to the seniors.

"We always respect our seniors, so listen, I want to say happy retirement and well done, and thank you." Lawro was quick to chime back, and rather amusingly added: "Now I feel like a really old buffer!"

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