Southgate gets England job assurance

The Football Association has backed Gareth Southgate following England’s disappointing Nations League results this month and reassured the manager that his position is safe.

Southgate’s side took just two points from their four Nations League fixtures, and were beaten home and away by Hungary. The 4-0 defeat at Molineux was England’s biggest home defeat in 94 years.

England are three points behind third-placed Italy in their four-team group with just two matches remaining, meaning they are in real danger of being relegated from the Nations League’s top tier.

However, Southgate’s job is currently safe and he remains the manager the FA wants to lead England into the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

“My personal opinion on Gareth is that he is, by the facts on the pitch, the most successful England manager we’ve had for 55 years,” Debbie Hewitt, who took over as FA chair in January, said.

“The bit people don’t see as much is the Gareth at camp and the culture he’s created.

“Certainly prior to Gareth being the manager of England, there was not the pride of wearing the England shirt. There were the club rivalries we’d read about. The players not getting on.

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