Jordan Henderson backs Gareth Southgate for England job


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England midfielder Jordan Henderson has admitted the whole squad are hoping to see Gareth Southgate be given the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

The Liverpool captain was also handed the armband for Tuesday’s friendly against Spain as Southgate took charge of his fourth and final game in interim charge.

England charged into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from midfielder Adam Lallana and striker Jamie Vardy.

However, second-half strikes from Iago Aspas and Isco ensured the match finished a draw and the attention immediately turned to Southgate and his long-term future.

Some sections of the press have already claimed he will get the job in the coming days and Henderson admits he and his team-mates are hoping for him to stay.

He told the Sunday Express: “We’re all very supportive of the manager. After our work on the training field and in the meetings we’ve had I feel we’re definitely going in the right direction.

“We’ve done everything we can, but it’s up to the FA now to decide who they appoint.

It’s out of our hands now, but I know the players and manager have given all they’ve got for the last few games he [Southgate] has been in charge.”

Southgate has led England to two wins and two draws since he was appointed back in October, following Sam Allardcye’s sacking.

England do not play again until March but the former Middlesbrough coach will be determined to be in the dugout for the clashes against Germany and Lithuania.

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