Is Gareth Southgate the right man for England?


Though he led England to the World Cup semi final and the Euro final, there has been plenty of uproar with England’s recent poor results. Many are now shouting for the England manager to be sacked, with chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” after suffering the biggest home loss since 1928 saw a 5-1 drubbing by Scotland.

Hungary beat England 4-0 tonight in the Nations League after a string of poor performances including draws versus Italy and Germany, as well as another defeat versus Hungary earlier this month. This leaves lots of England fans torn after great runs in the last 2 major tournaments and with the 2022 World Cup at the end of the year in Qatar.

Back in the 2018 World Cup, Southgate nearly led football back home, coming second in the group stage consisting of Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.

England then went on to beat Colombia in the last 16 via a penalty shootout for the first time in a major competition since Euro 96. They breezed past Sweden to make it to the semi finals versus Croatia. The game ended 2-1 to Croatia, shattering the hearts of the English population as their World Cup drought went on for at least another 4 years.

History then repeated itself as England went on to the Euro 2020 final, before hearts were once again broken as Italy equalised via Leonardo Bonucci after an early Luke Shaw goal (the earliest goal ever in a Euro final). The penalty shootout saw Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all miss their spot kicks, handing Italy their first Euros win since 1968.

The competition as a whole was darkened for England, as the 3 penalty takers who missed their kicks were subject to racial abuse across social media. However, this abuse saw discrimination brought into the light more than ever in football, as players and clubs across the world now take matters of racism more serious than ever before, really striving to make a change.

After these competition runs, England fans have been questioning Southgate and how his approach to big games against the top teams may be costing the nation dearly. This leaves the question: who could be Southgate successor?

Many football fans across social media have called for Brighton coach Graham Potter to take the national team role, with many others suggesting the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

Only time will tell the future of the England coach, though there is currently no suggestion of Southgate’s role being under threat despite the growing content in the Molineux crowd tonight.