Southgate quizzed further on England job

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While England came-from-ahead to draw Spain 2-2 in Tuesday’s friendly, interest in growing in Gareth Southgate shedding the interim tag as national team head coach.

After the draw, Southgate was again asked of his interest in taking the gig.

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In the summer he wasn’t interested, but the 46-year-old has warmed to the idea and now seemingly wants the job. And he has no idea when an answer is coming, which he admitted is troubling with a major tournament looming for his U-21 side.

Here are three telling quotes, from the BBC:

“I’ve proved that I can handle big occasions. Until this run, under this spotlight, and in matches like Friday’s against Scotland under intense pressure, you’re never sure how it is going to be. I’m pleased and I think the remit we were given has been fulfilled.

“I need to know where I’m going to park my car for the next few weeks!”

“There are two ways to make a nation proud, win matches and excite people with performances and I felt we showed the latter tonight.”

But is England even thinking of the now-popular Southgate? It may seem farfetched to think they are ignoring the interim boss, but look at these comments from FA chairman Greg Clarke (from the Daily Mirror):

“It’s a definitely a case of looking forward now and we will sit down after this fixture to consider our options with regard to the England manager position, and with full gratitude to Gareth and his staff for their work.”

Doesn’t sound like a serious candidate, does it?