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'I'll take the heat': Gareth Southgate shoulders blame as England are booed off after loss to Italy

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Gareth Southgate vowed to shoulder the blame for England's worrying slump after the manager was booed by his own supporters in Italy on Friday night.

England were consigned to Nations League relegation as a result of this loss in Milan, their third loss in five matches. But even more worryingly for Southgate his team have now gone five competitive matches without victory and not scored a goal in open play for 450 minutes.

England manager Gareth Southgate was booed by supporters at the San Siro after the loss A large section of England fans made their feeling crystal clear by jeering Southgate at the final whistle with the pressure on his team mounting ahead of the World Cup that starts in just eight weeks time.

The Three Lions boss moved to protect his players , insisting he would take the flak for England's deeply concerning form. 'We are on a run of bad results, it's for us to put that right,' Southgate said. 'The only way to do that is to stick what we believe, stick with what's got us success in previous tournaments and in the end the players have got to stay really tight.

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