Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has thrown his weight behind Interim England manager stating that Gareth Southgate is the right man to take the job on a long-term basis. Wenger said Southgate "has accumulated experiences and is a good observer of what's going on in the national team." Southgate succeeded Sam Allardyce in September and oversaw England's 2-0 win against Malta as well the disappointing 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday. Former England international Southgate, 46, has a World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on 11 November and a friendly against Spain four days later to persuade the Football Association to give him the job on a permanent basis.
Wenger, whose club contract runs to the summer, has been linked with the job. Of his own links to the role, the 66-year-old Frenchman added: "I focus on my job, that's what it is about." Wenger continued: "We're in a job where you get questioned, especially if you have less experience, and the only answer he can give is by showing the decisions he makes are right. There's always a demand for big names but the most important thing is the person's competency. He has a good opportunity and I'm happy he has a chance to show he has the quality."