Tottenham Hotspur legend praises Gareth Southgate after World Cup showing

Tottenham Hotspur favourite Ledley King has praised Gareth Southgate for the work he has done with the England national side. The Three Lions managed to exceed expectations as they reach the semi-final stage of the recent World Cup and there has since been plenty of praise for Southgate who has formed a strong bond with the national team players.

In a report covered by The Mail, King highlighted the same regarding Southgate and believes the former Middlesbrough defender is the right person to propel the Three Lions towards trophy success. He said: “You never know how someone is going to take to coaching. He’s an intelligent man and he’s worked with England players at the younger ages.
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The former England international Gareth Southgate has left his role as the head of elite development within the English football Association. The former Middlesbrough manager has been in charge of the technical aspect of the football Association for the last 18 months. However, he has left the post all of the sudden, while also stating that he does not want to be considered for the role as the technical director of the English football Association. Even though he has left his role as the elite development manager at the English football Association, Gareth Southgate has revealed that he will continue to remain in football by working as the pundit for ITV.

The 41-year-old was one of the influential members of the football Association in their efforts to bring in the national training academy. The reasons for his departure from the post are not clear yet. One of his main duties was to bring the better young players and also better coaches, which would aid England in doing well at the major tournaments. The English national football team has not been competing against the likes of Brazil and Spain when it comes to the international trophies. Further, the quality of the domestic managers has also decreased drastically and Gareth Southgate was brought in the improve it.

“I’d like to place on record just how much I’ve enjoyed working at the FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure. Hopefully, I have been able to play some part in delivering important changes to the way children play at the youngest levels. It has also been a tremendous experience to work on the delivery of St George’s Park. I would like to thank them for their support throughout my time with the organisation,” said Gareth Southgate.