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Southgate an England candidate regardless of results

Gareth Southgate is in a strong position. Credit: Reuters

Chief executive Martin Glenn has stressed the Football Association is looking for a long-term appointment as England manager and has described Gareth Southgate as a "credible candidate".

Glenn insisted Southgate's next two results in temporary charge of the senior team will have little bearing on whether he gets the job full-time.

The 46-year-old stepped up from his role as under-21 boss on an interim basis following Sam Allardyce's departure at the end of September.

He has already overseen a victory against Malta and a draw with Slovenia in World Cup qualifying, with the four points enough to keep the Three Lions top of Group F.

Southgate will remain at the helm for next month's clash with Scotland at Wembley, as well a friendly against Spain.

Glenn said:

Even if those matches don't go so well, he would still be a candidate. You don't judge a good manager on the basis of one or two games.

He will almost certainly be a candidate. It's up to him to decide whether he wants to do it - we hope he would put himself in the frame. Gareth is a really credible candidate. He knows the international set-up, he's done great work with the under-21s and he wants to translate that across to the senior team.

But whoever the next England manager is, we want somebody in place for the long term. In the past we have gone for foreign managers who might have been attracted by the prospect of helping us win a tournament, but then they haven't perhaps left the international set-up in a better place when they've left.'

– FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn


Aidy Boothroyd steps up to manage England Under-21s

Boothroyd will step up from his position with England's under-20 team. Credit: PA

Aidy Boothroyd will take charge of the England Under-21 team for their final two Euro 2017 qualifiers following Gareth Southgate's appointment as interim England coach.

The Football Association said the former Watford and Coventry boss will lead England to Kazakhstan on October 6 before returning to face Bosnia and Herzegovina in Walsall on October 11.

A point against the Kazakhs will be enough to ensure top spot in Group Nine and automatic qualification for the finals in Poland with a game to spare.

Man United defender withdrawn from England squad

Luke Shaw has been withdrawn from the England squad to play Slovakia on Sunday after being rested for training.

The Man United defender was called up for the first time since he broke a leg in horrific fashion last season, but he will not feature in Sam Allardyce's first World Cup qualifier.

It's thought that England are wary of pushing the defender too hard after such a lengthy injury lay-off, particularly since he has played every minute of United's Premier League campaign so far this season.

Spurs defender Danny Rose had been pencilled in to start the match at left-back regardless of Shaw's availability.

You can watch England's first World Cup 2018 qualifier live on ITV tomorrow from 4.30pm.

Greg Dyke claims England could have won Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson's England Euro 2016 squad had enough talent to win the whole tournament, Greg Dyke has said.

Dyke pictured with Prince William during England's 0-0 draw with Slovakia. Credit: Reuters

The outgoing chairman of the Football Association said he felt the young England team had the potential to outplay finalists France and Portugal, despite their exit in the round-of-16 stage.

His words come a day after Sam Allardyce gave his first press conference as Roy Hodgson's successor in the England job.

New manager Allardyce suggested that the team Hodgson had going into the tournament was good enough to raise the trophy, adding that the squad's ability "seemed to dry up" as they progressed.

Speaking outside the home of Bobby Moore, where a blue National Heritage plaque was being unveiled in memory of England's 1966 World Cup winner, Dyke told the Press Association: "We need to keep winning - and we were winning in all the group stages, we just didn't do very well in the finals."

Asked if he agreed with Allardyce's comments that Hodgson had a strong enough team to lead the country to glory, Dyke said: "Yes, I don't think Portugal were that good and I don't think France were that good - I think we could have won in 2016, but we didn't, did we?"

He added: "We've got a talented group of players at the moment and it's about making sure they perform."

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