- England manager stakes his ‘reputation’ on centre-back
- Southgate says he has made compromises he now regrets
Gareth Southgate has offered his full backing to Harry Maguire as he prepares for Friday night’s Nations League tie here against Italy and the first opportunity to move on from June’s terrible start in the competition – when the England manager admits that he made mistakes.
Southgate’s team lost 1-0 in Hungary – only their second loss in 23 matches; the other had come on penalties against Italy in the Euro 2020 final. And then, after draws with Germany and Italy, they slumped to a 4-0 home reverse against Hungary, when Southgate was jeered by the crowd at Molineux.