Tue 13 December 2022 | 15:58

Fabio Capello believes England should stick to Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate's job is reportedly at risk after a Qatar 2022 quarter-final defeat to France. However, the former England manager believes the Englishman should remain in charge if he has the support of his players.

Since taking charge at England,

Gareth Southgate

has led his country to Russia 2018's semi-final before a bitter penalty shoot-out loss against Italy in Euro 2020 finals. However, his position became under a lot of doubt after a 2-1 loss in the 2022 World Cup's quarter-final against France.

Fabio Capello

, who previously managed England between 2007 and 2012, is pleased by Southgate's job at


and believes as long as he has the support of his players he should remain in charge.

The Italian coach told

Sky Sports


"He's done a good job and created a really good team, a young team.

"He has to decide to stay or leave. This is his problem. If you are sure that the players follow, you have to stay. If you think the players are not with you, then you have to leave. This is my idea. Southgate can decide freely, though.

"To understand he [also] has to talk to the FA. Do you believe in me? Yes. Do you not believe in me? Then go. Bye bye."

Harry Kane

scored a penalty to equalize the game. He later was given the same chance but smashed the spot-kick to space. Considering the fact that the France goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris

and Kane are Tottenham teammates, Capello questions whether Kane should have taken the second penalty.

"Another really important thing, in my career I took penalties and I missed after 11 penalties because the opposing goalkeeper was one who played with me [in the same team] for two years before,"

he added.

"It's the same after Kane scored the first penalty; the second was a bit more difficult. This for me was a problem.

"I think they had to choose another player."



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