Golden boy to whipping boy: how England turned on Gareth Southgate

The manager of the national team could be on his way out whatever happens in Euro 24, but critics should be careful what they wish for say his supporters

Gareth Southgate will stand once more on the sidelines on Sunday evening in Veltins arena in Gelsenkirchen, wearing his cream polo shirt and familiar ruminative expression, and watch his team attempt to beat Slovakia to advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 24. But whatever unfolds during the match, it seems increasingly likely that this tournament will be his last in charge of the England men’s football team.

He’s always maintained that he doesn’t want to outstay his welcome and would avoid being “in a position where my presence is affecting the team in a negative way”.

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