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Furious England fans turn on Gareth Southgate as England slump to defeat to Italy

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England fans have not held back in their criticism of Gareth Southgate after tonight's 1-0 loss to Italy. The Three Lions are now winless in their last five games, the longest drought in eight years.

It comes at a bad time for Southgate, with England set to play just one more game before the World Cup in Qatar this winter. 'Genuinely don’t get how Southgate continues as England manager ahead of this World Cup,' tweeted one fan. 'Ultra defensive and we’ve been found out massively.

A bold move is needed by the FA or we will go back to our old ways of being knocked out at the round of 16.'  Others felt that the loss 'summed Southgate up' and was 'so boring compared to the lionesses!'  Supporters felt that the manager had been too 'predictable' in picking a 'boring team', and argued that 'even the players have had enough.' 'Poor football, too defensive, no excitement, poor formation choice,' another added.

There were a number of calls for Southgate to be replaced immediately, with tweets demanding the FA 'get Southgate out tonight' and saying 'he's not good enough and we won't win anything. 'He’s had plenty of time, he’s picking players who don’t even play regularly at their clubs & players out of form.

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