Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate will never please everyone in a nation full of England managers

Gareth Southgate
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Napoleon Bonaparte once called England a nation of shopkeepers. It may have been true two centuries ago. Now it appears to be a nation of amateur England managers. The only current professional one, Gareth Southgate, has dropped hints he realises that. The chances are that none of the millions who thought they could do his job better than him wanted the 11 that started against Croatia. 

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Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly also writes for the National, the Guardian, the Observer, the Straits Times, the Independent, Sporting Life, Football 365 and the Blizzard. He has written for the FourFourTwo website since 2018 and for the magazine in the 1990s and the 2020s, but not in between. He has covered 1500+ games and remembers a disturbing number of the 0-0 draws.