South­gate would bring sta­bil­ity – Lal­lana

> In­terim Eng­land man­ager hopes to con­vince the FA he is the right man for the job

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MID­FIELDER Adam Lal­lana hopes in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate will be handed the Eng­land job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis to bring much­needed sta­bil­ity to the na­tional team set-up.

Fol­low­ing Eng­land’s lack­lus­tre 0-0 draw in Slove­nia and an un­der­whelm­ing home win over Malta in World Cup qual­i­fiers last month, South­gate has two more games to con­vince the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FA) that he is the right man for the job.

“I think every­one is, even Gareth him­self prob­a­bly. We are look­ing for­ward to do­ing well for him and fight­ing for him over the next two games,” Lal­lana told Bri­tish me­dia when asked if he was keen on a quick res­o­lu­tion to the man­age­rial sit­u­a­tion.

South­gate was pro­moted from the un­der-21 set-up for a four-match run after Sam Al­lardyce parted ways with Eng­land after just one game in charge in Septem­ber when he was caught seeking a lu­cra­tive side­line role in a news­pa­per sting.

“You need sta­bil­ity. What you don’t have at Eng­land is Hope­fully, he will do well enough to get the job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.” Lal­lana, who is part of the Eng­land squad for Fri­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Scot­land and a friendly against Spain next week, said a pos­si­ble iden­tity cri­sis within the side could have contributed to the team’s re­cent in­ter­na­tional fail­ures. “It would be nice for Gareth and for us to know quite soon whether he’s go­ing to get the job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis, so you can build to­wards hav­ing a cer­tain iden­tity that your man­ager wants you to have,” he added. “That’s what a man­ager is there for... For quite a few years now we’ve not done bril­liantly at ma­jor tour­na­ments, so it’s up to us to maybe find an iden­tity.” – Reuters

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