Southgate proud to be handed England opportunity

Wednesday 28 Sep 2016
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Gareth Southgate says it will be ‘a huge responsibility and a huge honour' to manage England for the remainder of 2016.

The Under-21 coach has taken charge of the senior side for its next four matches following the decision to part company with Sam Allardyce.  

Southgate told “I was very proud to have played more than 50 times for my country and to have worn the armband, so to manage England will be a huge responsibility and a huge honour for me.

“It’s a difficult circumstance for me, because we’ve lost two senior coaches in the last few months who have both been very good to me, so that complicates my feelings. I certainly wish them both all the best for the future.

“I think we are in a good position to prepare for these games”

Gareth Southgate 

“With my experience with the Under-21s in international football, and having worked with so many of the players who have moved up to the seniors as well, I think we are in a good position to prepare for these games.”

The Three Lions take on Malta at Wembley on Saturday 8 October before a trip to Slovenia three days later, with Southgate due to name his squad this weekend.

“It’s obviously been a difficult situation for The FA but it was important that there was some stability and continuity for everybody,” said the 46-year-old.

“So, from my point of view, it was important to step forward and give us the best possible chance to win these games.

“The fact that I know so many of the support team and the players already is really important, given the time that we have to prepare for these matches.”

By FA Staff