Gareth Southgate has insisted that he is the right man for the England job following a disappointing run of results.
The Three Lions remain one of the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup this winter, but Southgate’s side have struggled for form of late, failing to win any of their last five games and suffering relegation in the Nations League.
Perhaps the most damning stat from this poor run is, despite the wealth of attacking talent in the squad, they haven’t scored a goal from open play in five games.
Speaking ahead of England’s Nations League clash with Germany on Monday at Wembley Stadium, Southgate remained confident that he was the perfect man to lead the Three Lions at this year’s World Cup:
“I think I’m the right person to take the team into the tournament. I think it’s more stable that way, without a doubt.
“I don’t think [the] performance [against Italy] was far off and I know that’s going to get derision just because we’re on the back of a run of defeats.
“In the past we’ve had runs of friendlies, or whatever the matches are, and then we’ve gone into tournaments and that’s the first time we’ve hit high-level opposition and it’s hit us in the face quite often,” he added: “Now we know the level, now we know what we’ve got to improve and we’ll be better placed for that by having had the quality of matches that we’ve had.”
Andrea Agnelli & Pavel Nedved among Juventus directors to offer shock resignation
Juventus have been rocked by the stunning resignations of their entire board, including president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved.
Numerous reports in Italy claim that the entire Juventus board of directors offered their shock resignations during a meeting on Monday evening.
CEO Maurizio Arrivabene is expected to remain at the club and assume control of Juventus while the new boardroom structure is finalised over the coming months.
Agnelli became Juventus chairman in 2010 and is also vice-chairman of the European Super League, having represented one of the three remaining supporters of the competition alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.
His attachment to the Super League has attracted significant criticism, as has his management of Juventus, who have spent heavily in recent years but have fallen behind their rivals, both in Serie A and in Europe.
Juventus finished fourth in Serie A last season and entered the World Cup break in third, ten points behind leaders Napoli.
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