Southgate: England job is out of my hands

Gareth Southgate insists the possibility of becoming permanent England manager is “out of his hands” despite a convincing victory over neighbours Scotland.

England moved to the top of their World Cup qualifying group after a 3-0 Wembley triumph against the Scots, with caretaker boss Southgate registering seven points from his three games at the helm.

Southgate will take charge of next week’s friendly against Spain before the FA make a decision on the long-term successor to Sam Allardyce, but the ex-England defender is in pole position to take the reins on a permanent basis.

"That's not my decision," Southgate said.

"What I'm really pleased is that I was given the task of picking the job up in a very difficult situation for everybody and I feel like we've prepared the team really well. I've enjoyed that.

"The rest is out of my hands. I've loved it. I've really enjoyed the role. I've enjoyed the responsibility. I've enjoyed the challenge of every part of it.

"I get that that's not quite so enjoyable if you don't get the results. It's been a brilliant experience."

Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill all scored from headers, as England continued to rebuild their confidence after the shock elimination to Iceland at the summer’s Euro 2016.

Southgate added: "(It was) really important for the players to come through that pressure environment and win.

"They've wanted to respond in the right way to what they've been through in the last few months and I think today was a real step forward in their belief in what they're capable of.

"Tonight's down to the players. They've shown elements of what they're capable of individually and collectively.

"I know how important it was to our supporters to win the game. I'm delighted to be able to deliver that result for everybody."

 

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