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Gareth Southgate insists England can turn form around

Gareth Southgate insists England can turn form around

Gareth Southgate believes his years of experience can help England turn around their poor spell of form.

Following a 1-0 defeat to Italy in the UEFA Nations League, which confirmed England’s relegation to League B, the Three Lions are winless in five matches for the first time since 1992.

Despite overseeing a concerning run of form, Southgate’s position as England boss has come under scrutiny ahead of Monday’s home meeting with Germany.

Responding to the criticism, Southgate told reporters: “I’m fortunate that I’m now sadly in my 50s, I have been in football for 30 years.

“I have gone in one guise or another to 12 tournaments, working with these chaps, scouting – this will be my seventh as player or a coach, so I have seen pretty much everything.

“The cycle of war with the media, the love-in – we are somewhere in the middle of that, it is an experience that I knew at some point would probably come with this job so I have to accept that.”

England manager Gareth Southgate pictured on June 14, 2022© Reuters

Southgate was also asked about the criticism from England fans after he was booed by the travelling support following the defeat to Italy.

The England manager replied: “Look, I’m the manager, the results haven’t been at the level we want, that we require, so no matter what job you have in football that would be the case.

“Of course with the national team that noise is going to be louder and more widespread, I understand that.

“I’m not hiding from it, we are not enjoying it but we have to keep doing the right things every day to keep improving.”

England will face Germany on Monday in what will be their final game before they begin the World Cup against Iran on November 21.

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