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Give Gareth Southgate some slack, critics.. England were a penalty shootout away from being European champions under him

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SOME of the flak being aimed at England manager Gareth Southgate has been unfair. After two shocking defeats to Hungary, some of it has also been fair.

But, whichever side of the Southgate fence you sit on, one fact is undeniable — the national team is in far better shape than it was six years ago when he took over.

Rewind to 2016 and we had the shambles of a defeat to the might of Iceland, followed by the brief Sam Allardyce reign. Let’s face it, we were really the laughing stock of Europe.

Southgate has transformed the fortunes of the Three Lions and, OK, we haven’t managed to win anything tangible — unlike the Lionesses — but at least we have been contenders, if not champions.

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