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Gareth Southgate will be successful as England manager - Jamie Carragher

Gareth Southgate will be successful as England manager - Jamie Carragher
By PA Sport

30/11/2016 at 16:29

Gareth Southgate will be successful as England manager because of his close relationship with the players and the FA, according to Jamie Carragher.

Southgate has been appointed England's permanent boss on a four-year contract after taking temporary charge of the national team in September.

England have recorded seven points out of nine in World Cup qualifying under Southgate and drew 2-2 in a friendly with Spain earlier this month.

The 46-year-old had previously served as manager of England's under-21s and his appointment was confirmed on Wednesday following an FA board meeting at St George's Park.

"I think he'll do well," Carragher, who played 38 times for England, told Sky Sports.

"He knows the squad, he's been around the FA for a long time now, he knows the young players coming through.

"I think the English public are sick of foreign managers coming in on big wages and not really producing.

"Let's give someone within the FA, who knows how it works and has a great relationship with the FA [a chance].

"Let's try something different. We've gone down the other avenue so let's hope this one works."

Southgate made his England debut under Terry Venables in 1995 and played every minute of the team's journey to the semi-finals at Euro '96, when he missed a crucial penalty against Germany.

The former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender went on to play 57 times for England, including at the World Cup in 1998 and Euro 2000.

Ryan Bertrand, who was picked to start Southgate's first game against Malta in October, believes the new manager will be a popular choice among the squad.

"It's definitely a popular choice, I would imagine so," Bertrand told Sky Sports.

"Not only does he encourage confidence and us to play and put authority on games, he understands football and he understands us as players.

"He's been there before, he's played in tournaments for England, he's had good and bad times for England.

"He understands all aspects of the game and that's nice for us as players. He allows us to express ourselves and to do our country proud."

Former England defender Danny Mills, who played with Southgate at Middlesbrough, feels the new boss must take advantage of his bond with the younger players.

"The biggest challenge to be successful is in a tournament," Mills told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It's an opportunity with a younger group of players. He understands them and they understand him.

"He's more progressive than previous managers in that he engages with individuals and certainly younger individuals on a one-to-one basis and understands them as people rather than just players that turn up every three or four months.

"If you buy into the manager and his philosophy and like the manager, you're going to work a bit harder. I think that's where his real skill-set lies."

Critics have questioned whether Southgate can be ruthless enough at the top level, but former England captain Terry Butcher believes he proved his mettle by dropping Wayne Rooney against Slovenia last month.

"He's the sort of manager I would have loved to play for," Butcher said.

"He has that edge as well. He left out Wayne Rooney and that takes a lot of bottle to leave someone like that out of the team. He's shown he's got that edge, that steel everyone wants."

Former England midfielder Matt Le Tissier, however, predicts Southgate will struggle because of the lack of quality players available to him.

"I think it's a job at the moment that's a thankless task," Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

"I don't feel we've got the players to compete at the very top level of international football.

"It's tough because everyone in this country expects England to be up there challenging the top teams in the world when realistically we don't have the players at our disposal to do that.

"So it's a thankless task for Gareth, but I hope he does well."

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