A quarter-final finish is possible, according to 31.1 per cent of fans. But only seven per cent think England will match their 2018 performance by reaching the semi-final, while an optimistic 4.2 per cent say the team will reach the final.
Southgate is backing himself to be the man to take England to the World Cup, insisting performances have not been as bad as many have claimed. He said after Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Germany: “I think I’m the right person to take the team into the tournament.
“I think it’s more stable that way without a doubt – and I don’t think the performance against Italy was far off. Nobody is going to enjoy being booed by the supporters at the end of the game.
“But I understand the job. It is what football management is. Whenever you have a difficult run of results, it is always going to be the manager who deals with it. That’s the job and I’ve got to get on with it. I’ve seen every other England manager have it. So I wasn’t, and never have been, carried away by praise. I know how the game is. It turns so quickly but you’re judged by results, and that’s that.”