Serene Southgate is not one for turning amid sea of English negativity | Gareth Southgate

At times like these, you really have to hand it to Gareth Southgate. Suffocating tension, an underwhelming performance, the fans booing and he remains inscrutable, immaculate, not a bead on him.

When you have lived what Southgate has lived – two World Cups as an England player, now into his second as the manager – it is easier to put a game like Friday night’s slog against the USA into perspective, to blot out the noise.

As Southgate reflected on the 0-0 draw, which was marked from an England point of view by a lack of zip and risk, he made a comment that was perfectly in keeping with…

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