With the World Cup in Qatar just Few months away, Gareth Southgate has insisted he remains the right man to take England to the World Cup, despite admitting the weight of public opinion is turning against him.
England made it five games without a victory, during which they have not scored from open play, against Italy ahead of Monday night’s final World Cup warm-up game against Germany at Wembley.
Southgate was again booed by England Fans following the defeat in Milan with many now calling for him to be sacked.
The Football Association will not sack Southgate and, while he may well decide to step down after the tournament, the 52-year-old has no intention of leaving his post before the World Cup starts in November.
“I think I’m the right person to take the team into the tournament,” said Southgate. “I think it’s more stable that way, without a doubt.”
Asked if he is prepared for the fact that public animosity is unlikely to dissipate before the World Cup, Southgate added: “Look, I think that’s currently where it is and I have to accept that.”