Thursday, 13 October 2016

Arsene Wenger support Gareth Southgate as England's Manager

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Interim England manager Gareth Southgate is the right man to take the job on a long-term basis, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Wenger, whose club contract runs to the summer, has been linked with the job.

Southgate succeeded Sam Allardyce in September and oversaw England's 2-0 win against Malta as well the disappointing 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday.

Wenger said Southgate "has accumulated experiences and is a good observer of what's going on in the national team."

Of his own links to the role, the 66-year-old Frenchman added: "I focus on my job, that's what it is about."

Former England international Southgate, 46, has a World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on 11 November and a friendly against Spain four days later to persuade the Football Association to give him the job on a permanent basis.

Wenger continued: "We're in a job where you get questioned, especially if you have less experience, and the only answer he can give is by showing the decisions he makes are right.

"There's always a demand for big names but the most important thing is the person's competency. He has a good opportunity and I'm happy he has a chance to show he has the quality."
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