Gareth Southgate has brought "pride" back to wearing England shirt says FA chief

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The Football Association chairwoman Debbie Hewitt claims Gareth Southgate has brought "pride" back to wearing the England shirt.

England manager Southgate faced unprecedented criticism after his side suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Hungary in the Nations League earlier this month. The social media frenzy that followed saw some fans call for Southgate to be sacked before the World Cup gets underway in Qatar later this year.

Such calls would have been unimaginable when the 51-year-old guided England to their first major tournament final since 1966 at the European Championships last summer. And Hewitt has reiterated that the manager still has the FA’s confidence due to the culture he has created surrounding the national team.

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She said: "Based on any facts on the pitch, he is the most successful England manager we've had for 55 years. But the bit people don't see is the culture he's created.

"Prior to Gareth being the manager there was not the pride of wearing the England shirt. There was a club rivalry we would read about, players not getting on. He's changed that beyond recognition and I've seen that for myself."

Southgate led England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and then a first Euros final last year. But their defeat to Hungary was their biggest since 1964 and their worst at home since 1928.

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The team is now rock bottom of their Nations League group. But the FA still believe Southgate is the one to lead the new ‘golden generation’ as England get ready to face the USA, Iran and Wales in November.

Hewitt said: "I've worked in business and Gareth's skills, his high IQ, would make him a chief executive in any sphere.

"That resilience and accountability. There's no sloped shoulders, and that's what you want in an England manager."


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