England manager Gareth Southgate, under fire after a disappointing Nations League campaign , said he is nonetheless ” the right person ” to take the team into this year’s World Cup in Qatar . England have been relegated from the Nations League top tier after a five – match winlessrun in which they lost twice to Hungary and once to Italy along with two scrambled draws .
After the 4-0 defeat by Hungary in June the crowd turned on Southgate , and there were boos again from the visiting fans as he stood to applaud them following the 1-0 defeat to Italy on Friday .
” I think I’m the right person to take the team into the tournament , ” said Southgate, who led England to the 2018 World Cup semi – finals and the Euro 2020 final in 2021. ” I think it’s more stable that way , without a doubt . I don’t think ( the ) performance ( against Italy ) was far off and I know that’s going to get derision just because we’re on the back of a run of defeats . “
Southgate said the experience of playing top – level sides in the Nations League would help prepare his players for the challenges that await them at the World Cup , which starts on Nov. 20. ” In the past we’ve had runs of friendlies and then we’ve gone into tournaments and that’s the first time we’ve hit high – level opposition , ” Southgate added .