Gareth Southgate says it’s embarrassing for England as a country to play Italy behind closed doors as a punishment for poor fan behaviour at the Euro 2020 final. (0:42)
Gareth Southgate said he “will not outstay” his welcome as England manager following criticism of his side’s winless start to their UEFA Nations League campaign.
England are bottom of Group A3 in the Nations League with one point after losing 1-0 to Hungary and drawing 1-1 with Germany. They face Italy on Saturday, who are top with four points.
Southgate has often been criticised for being too cautious, with pundits and fans urging him to give more minutes to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City’s Jack Grealish.
“I hear about conservatism, but we were the highest scorers in Europe last year,” Southgate added, referring to England’s 39-goal haul in the World Cup qualifiers, their highest tally in a qualifying campaign.
“I am always going to have those situations where people disagree with the selection. That noise over the last two or three years does seem extremely loud and I’ve had to ride that and get on with it through the Euros and the whole of last summer.”