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Southgate: I proved my worth

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate says he has proved his worth and wants his future at the helm to be decided swiftly.

Southgate's (left) comments came after two late Spain goals denied England victory in a friendly yesterday morning (Singapore time), marking the end of his four-game stint at the helm.

During his tenure, England won two games and drew two, scoring seven goals and conceding two.

"I've proved I can manage big matches... I can tactically, with the help of my staff, prepare a team to play against a top side and give them a tough test," he said after the 2-2 draw at Wembley.

The 46-year-old, who was handed temporary charge after Sam Allardyce was sacked on Sept 27, said he had introduced stability to the team after England's disappointing European Championship campaign.

"I took over at a moment of instability for everybody, and we've brought stability back and built a platform for the team," he added.

"Without doubt, the longer you work with any team, with any group, you have the chance to embed more ideas, review each game and learn from it. The players are bullish about how they want to play."

Southgate, who was in charge of England's Under-21s before being elevated to senior manager, urged the Football Association to decide his future quickly.

"We've got a European Under-21 Championship next summer... so I need to know where I'm going to park my car for the next few weeks," he said.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui, who like Southgate once managed his country's Under-21 team, spoke highly of the progress he believes England have already made.

"Their plans were working better than ours," said the 50-year-old.

"We could see they were utilising the space we were leaving for them and things weren't easy. The penalty was a really good example of that. They were better than us at the start.

"(Southgate's) already working very, very well. You can see his team: they are fast, have quality, a good mentality, and are good tactically. I hope for the best for him and the England team." 
- Wire Services.

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