>> Looking dejected at the end of England's World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia on Tuesday, Gareth Southgate's prospects for a permanent job as England manager not helped by the nil-nil draw. Southgate claims he inherited a mess after replacing Sam Allardyce who lasted just 67 days in the job.
Reuters correspondent Matt Goodrick.>> England are expected to beat teams like Malta and Slovenia. A 2-nil win at home to Malta, is that good enough? Followed by a rather tepid draw against Slovenia. The audition, so far, hasn't gone too well.>> England rode their luck to stay top of group F and on course for the 2018 Russia World Cup.
That was mainly thanks to some outstanding goalkeeping by Joe Hart. But, there were few positives in the shapeless display.>> I'll support the players 100%.>> Southgate's decision to drop England's all-time leading goal scorer, Wayne Rooney, in favor of Eric Dier, was hardly a qualified success. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder almost gifting Slovenia an early goal.
>> Man of the Match last night probably was, after Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney. Just purely because he sat on the bench and didn't play. It kinda showed what England were missing. Yes, we have dynamic strikers like Sturidge, Walcott, Sanchez, but when we, tends to deliver.>> When we are away from home.
>> Southgate must now wait another month before a qualifier at time to Scotland and the friendly against Spain for the English football association to make a decision on his future.