GARETH SOUTH­GATE de­served his new Eng­land con­tract. But why do we keep giv­ing out these long-term deals to the coach?

I think we get car­ried away some­times. We do it all the time. I’m pleased for him but his team got ripped apart at home to Spain not so long ago.

It just seems like when­ever Eng­land do well the FA dish out an­other big con­tract and then it isn’t long be­fore they end up pay­ing the guy off again. I hope that doesn’t hap­pen this time. But I just think you should be grate­ful to be Eng­land man­ager. It’s the great­est hon­our. A rolling con­tract should be enough.

It’s OK if they stick with him – and they should stick with him even if we have a rough patch – be­cause his job now is all about get­ting these young play­ers ready for the next World Cup.

But will they?

I’m glad Gareth (above) picked James Mad­di­son, Ma­son Mount and Jadon San­cho. They need to go into 2022 with a load of caps un­der their belts.

But they need to be brought in gen­tly. I would rather see them given 15 or 20 min­utes at the end against Spain on Mon­day than be thrown to the lions from the start.

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