So after all the shenanigans that have gone on in the last week, Sam Allardyce has gone and ‘company’ man, Gareth Southgate, after declining in the summer, has taken on the caretaker role of the England national football team. He has been provisionally given the rest of the games in 2016 (3 qualifiers and a home friendly against Spain), what an opportunity this is for him to make his employers at the FA forgo the search for another man, it is all in his own hands.
DECISIONS DECISIONS DECISIONS
Southgate, the under-21 manager until this temporary promotion, has already made one huge decision by keeping on the out of form (and favour at his club side) Wayne Rooney as England captain. To be fair this was an easy one as he didn’t really have any other choice. He has not been given permanent charge as we stand and deciding to dispense with England’s top goalscorer and most high profile player as the teams leader would be a controversial decision that would, in my opinion, just put extra undue pressure on himself in the week leading up to his first match in charge.
CAPTAIN TO START?
A bigger judgement will come when he names his first starting 11. Jose Mourinho at Manchester United has realised Rooney at the moment does not deserve a starting berth and lets be honest that should be the same with England. He should be playing as a striker or number 10 and in the squad there are clearly better options on form – Vardy, Sturridge, Rashford, Alli even Walcott. The key is whether the former Palace and Villa player has the bottle to not just accommodate Rooney in a midfield position that should be filled with an actual orthodox midfielder – though I have noted from his squad his central midfield options are pretty sparse with the only regulars for their club in that position named in the 23 being Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson.
STICK OR TWIST
So Gareth what to do next hey? Some people have labelled him the Football Association’s yes man, others completely disagree and feel he will do the job the way he wants to and not under the auspices of is bosses at FA headquarters. I suppose we will soon find out as come 2017 he could be the permanent England manager.
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