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There is a buzz around London this morning as England prepare to face Germany at Wembley in a major tournament for the first time since 1996.
The famous semi-final in which England were beaten on penalties is revisited and Gareth Southgate has the opportunity to avenge his historic and iconic penalty miss which will see many replays in the hours to come.
“I don’t believe that Southgate forgot the missed penalty against Germany.” ❌
“There’s only one way to forget: For his team to win and then go to the final.”
José Mourinho says Gareth Southgate will finally get redemption with an England win. pic.twitter.com/cyI0cyJC8V
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 29, 2021
Southgate has taken England further than Germany in the previous tournament with Joachim Low’s side failing to exit their group. England however reached the semi-final but were knocked out by Croatia. A side they were expected to beat.
Whilst for Low this could be his final game as Germany boss, with him leaving the role after the tournament’s completion, Southgate is set to continue without question.
Why he will not be sacked
The reason why Southgate is highly unlikely to leave his role is due to the support of the FA.
The English Football Association are exceptionally pleased with how Southgate has done since taking over from the disgraced Sam Allardyce.
The FA chief executive Mark Bullingham spoke in a recent interview about the former Middlesbrough boss’ position and no matter how the result tonight finishes, Southgate is under very little pressure it appears.
“Gareth knows exactly how we feel about him. We feel he is brilliant, both on and off the pitch. We want him to carry on. He’s doing a great job. Regardless of Tuesday. Absolutely.
“Gareth has done a brilliant job, finishing top of the group, really solid defence, and he’s done really well on and off the pitch, in every aspect.
“We would love him to carry on, for sure, beyond this contract.”
Could this impact his work with England? A lack of pressure making him feel comfortable with his decisions whether they’re the correct ones or not.
The result today and in next year’s World Cup may provide some answers.
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