BEAR GRYLLS has revealed that Gareth Southgate suffered ‘raw terror’ as he led the England manager though the wilderness for a new TV programme.
Survival expert Grylls put the ‘national legend’ through his paces in a series of challenges, from clambering over rocks to abseiling, before they were airlifted by a Royal Marines Chinook helicopter at the end of filming.
Bear’s Mission With Gareth Southgate sees the 48-year-old manager, who masterminded the Three Lions’ progress to the semi-finals at the World Cup in Russia this year, swap the touchline dugout for the unforgiving landscape of Dartmoor.
Grylls said: ‘He definitely had some moments of raw terror but he never backed away and took on everything we had to tackle with total commitment and courage.
‘You’ve got to admire that, when someone is so far out of their comfort zone but still giving their all. I was impressed by his attitude to never give up.’
The former SAS serviceman, 44, said their adventure reaffirmed why Southgate ‘is so loved — he leads by example’.
Grylls added: ‘It was such a privilege to take a national legend like Gareth on an adventure of this scale. He is so loved and admired by so many that to see him, away from football, just as a regular guy is a rare insight.
‘He did so well though and we had some ferocious weather to deal with.’
Bear’s Mission With Gareth Southgate goes out on ITV tonight at 9pm.