‘Proud’ Southgate Does Not Know About Three Lions Future
Southgate has impressed during his four games in-charge of the English football team.
The 46-year-old guided England to 7 points from 3 games in the World Cup qualifiers, having won 2 out of his 4 games in-charge, one of which was a friendly.
Meanwhile, it looks certain that Southgate will most likely be the next permanent boss of the Three Lions, the former Middlesbrough boss refused to reveal his ambitions for the job.
“I’ve loved doing it, but that’s not my decision,” he said, “I’m proud of what we’ve done with the team. We were asked to take over on a temporary measure and tonight’s performance was very special.
“[I’ve proved that] I can handle big occasions. I know myself pretty well but until you’re thrown into matches like last Friday [against Scotland] under intense pressure and tactical challenges like [against Spain], you’re never sure how it’s going to be.”
“I’ve loved the experience and I’m pleased that the remit we’ve been given we’ve fulfilled.”
On questions regarding the permanent successor to Sam Allardyce he said, “I’ve no idea.”
“We’ve got an Under-21 Euro finals to prepare for, the draw’s in December and I need to know where to park my car from now on as well!”
England were on course to beat Spain before Isco equalized in the 6th minute of injury time, but Gareth Southgate insisted that the players will learn more from the draw.
“It was a fantastic performance, a fantastic effort, I was so pleased with how we pressed and at times used the ball well,” he said.
“Maybe as the second half wore on we started to tire and that’s where keeping the ball better will allow us to conserve energy.”
“But we played one of the best teams in world football, the test was phenomenal and I couldn’t ask for any more of them.”
“It’s pointless worrying about that [extra stoppage time], maybe in the end not winning a game like that will be better for us, but I couldn’t be prouder.”