England and Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has stated that he wants interim manager Gareth Southgate to be given the job on a permanent basis.
Southgate, 46, took over the Three Lions on an interim basis after the sudden departure of Sam Allardyce. The former Middlesbrough manager is in charge for another two games, the World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday and a friendly against Spain on Tuesday. The FA is then going to start the process of hiring the next full-time manager. Lallana has come out and backed Southgate for the job.
“It would be nice for Gareth, and for us, quite soon to know 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,” Lallana said.
“That’s what a manager is there for. I’m sure over the next few days the manager will be telling us what he wants for the Scotland and Spain games. Eventually it would be nice for him in the longer term to put a structure in place.
“You need stability. What you don’t have at England is the time that you get at club level. You can’t prepare for a campaign as you would for a league over the course of the season – it’s not possible, so it’s a different challenge. I’m sure Gareth will want to have that and we are ready to fight for him in the matches. I think everyone is keen for the situation to be resolved, even Gareth himself probably. We are looking forward to doing well for him and fighting for him over the next two games. Hopefully he will do well enough to get the job on a permanent basis.”
England sits at the top of their qualification group after two wins and a draw.