Interim England Manager ‘Southgate’ Says Proven Capable

تم نشره في Wed 16 November / Nov 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Southgate has lost just three of his 34 matches in charge of the England Under-21s - (Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate says he has shown he can cope with the intensity of leading England in high-pressure matches.

Southgate, 46, is the favourite to replace Sam Allardyce after ending his four-match interim reign unbeaten with a 2-2 draw against Spain.

"Until this run, under this spotlight, and in matches under intense pressure, you're never sure how it is going to be," said the former England defender.

"I've proved that I can handle big occasions."

Southgate stepped up from his role as England Under-21s manager following Allardyce's departure after just one game and 67 days in charge.

The ex-Middlesbrough boss oversaw a comfortable World Cup qualifying win against minnows Malta, before his team laboured to a goalless draw in Slovenia.

He took a significant step towards being appointed full-time manager with a 3-0 win against old rivals Scotland last week, before his team squandered a 2-0 lead against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday.

"I'm pleased and I think the remit we were given has been fulfilled," added Southgate.