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Interim manager of the England national team, Gareth Southgate, has admitted he is open to taking the role on a permanent basis.


The former Middlesbrough coach, replaced Sam Allardyce last month and has already taken charge of two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

England will take on Scotland and Spain in November. Southgate says he is ready to continue in the long term.

“It’s been a remarkable experience,” he told UK newspapers.

“I feel stronger and more confident for it and I recognise the responsibility it brings.

“I could not have been happier with the approach of the players or the staff. I think we have prepared them to put them in the best possible place in order to get the results.

“It hasn’t quite happened, but I temper that from their part with everything they have had to contend with.”

Southgate, who dropped captain Wayne Rooney to the bench against Slovenia, says he is happy with his experience handling the Three Lions so far.

“I feel pleased with how I have handled any number of situations and I think that’s been a great challenge,” he said.

“It is something that is obviously a level up from what I have had to deal with, but I feel confident in the way I have felt about that.

“The rest, that needs serious consideration from everybody’s point of view.

“I go back to the fact we want to prepare well, we have a bit more time to study the opposition, look at our players and gather our thoughts before November and then everyone has time to make a decision.”

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