The England manager, 48, happily plays second fiddle in his £3.75million home near Harrogate, North Yorks, where he lives with wife Alison, 52, children Mia, 19, and Flynn, 15, a Labrador and a cockapoo. He told This Is Y magazine: “I do accept that at home I’m lower in the pecking order, below the kids and the dogs.” The former England star said he loves to cheer for Mia at netball matches and has even turned out for Flynn’s village cricket team…but only when they are short.
He said: “I think the opposition were a bit surprised to see me wheeled out. I rarely get the chance to play in a team with my son but that’s the beauty of cricket.
“I know they say Lord’s is the home of cricket, but Yorkshire is really. Isn’t it?”
Gareth also revealed it was Flynn who advised him to wear his now iconic waistcoat during last summer’s World Cup campaign in Russia.
He said: “I had all my stuff out on the day I was leaving and I said to my kids, ‘I think it’s going to be too hot to put on a jacket and I don’t want to wear just the shirt. Do you think I can get away with the waistcoat?’
My son looked and went, ‘Yeah, you’ll be fine Dad, don’t worry’, and it’s as simple as that.
“There were theories it was power dressing. It really wasn’t and no way did I think it would have such a big impact.”
Watford-born Gareth, who has been made an honorary Yorkshireman, said: “I know how proud people are to come from Yorkshire and I’ve embraced and recognised what a strong county it is.”
Gareth keeps fit by running and going to the gym, but adores tucking into Fat Rascal scones at the famous Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms.
He said: “We’ll often pop along for breakfast. It’s an institution and if I speak to anyone about Harrogate it’s the first thing they mention.”