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Southgate right choice as England boss, says Butcher

Gareth Southgate oversaw England's 3-0 win against Scotland Credit: PA

Terry Butcher has added his voice to growing calls for Gareth Southgate to be handed the England job on a full-time basis in the wake of Friday's 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley.

Butcher insists there is no need for FA chiefs to wait until after Tuesday night's friendly against Spain to appoint Southgate, who has held the job on a caretaker basis since the departure of Sam Allardyce in September.

Southgate has consistently expressed his desire to take on the role full-time and indicated he expects the process to begin after the game against Spain.

Despite obvious areas in need of improvement in the three games under his command, the former England Under-21 boss appears to have won over the players and the FA hierarchy. Butcher now believes the appointment should be made sooner rather than later to avoid the risk of missing out on Southgate.

I think he's the right man - he's a personable guy and he wants to learn and adapt. I think there's a lot of going into the classroom for Gareth with England, he'll learn in the job and I think he'll learn well - he's got the capacity and the brain power.

He'll certainly develop his own coaching prowess at international level - give him the job and give him it now.

It may be (if the FA wait for Arsene Wenger to decide his future) that Gareth walks away and says, you've had your chance, it's gone.

– Radio 5 Live