Gareth Southgate vows to use criticism as fuel for World Cup after ‘strange narrative’ against England manager

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Gareth Southgate vows to use criticism as fuel for World Cup after ‘strange narrative’ against England manager
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England manager Gareth Southgate will use recent criticism as fuel for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Southgate has come under fire off the back of a miserable month for England, where they failed to win all four of their games and lost twice to Hungary.

The latest of those losses came on Tuesday night, when England were beaten 4-0 by Hungary at Molineux.

Southgate was booed by supporters during the defeat and he was also subjected to chants of ‘You don’t know what you are doing’.

But the England manager is ready for the criticism that is coming his way and is planning to use it as fuel for the World Cup later this year.

“Would it make Qatar sweeter? Well, no, you know, to be successful in Qatar would be sweet whatever happens,” said Southgate.

“Of course, I'll use it as fuel. Because when you have disappointment and you read negativity and feel the mood, you of course want to fight and prove people wrong.

“But I've done that all my life, so that there's not an extra incentive because of a night like tonight.

“I know nights like this can happen. They're not pleasant. They're not enjoyable. I've seen it with others. But they are the realities of football.

“I have found the 10 days strange in terms of the narrative, as I found the last Nations League strange because I think the context was clear. And I didn't agree with everything that was suggested.

“And I think some of the desire to see open play... we saw tonight that you've got to have the balance of a team right. And you've got to get those decisions right.

“And with a club, maybe if you're at the top, and you've got a long time working with the players, you can play a more expensive game.

“But I think even the top teams, they're bloody good defensively, they're good on transition, the balance of everything is right. So I think the idea that we can just play lots of attacking players and rely on talent to win matches, it’s not it's not the way it is.

“And, you know, that was a reminder to myself tonight in the second half that okay, that's a gamble. You go for a gamble to try to win the game because you think that's important. But what happened can happen.”

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