2018 World Cup qualifiers: England northbound with Gareth Southgate!

Updated: Nov 13, 2016, 14:57 IST | PA Sport

After 3-0 win over Scotland, Gary Cahill says interim manager Gareth should take over as full-time boss for he understands pressure of an England shirt

England's Gary Cahill (left) celebrates a goal against Scotland with skipper Wayne Rooney at Wembley on Friday. Pic/Getty Images
England's Gary Cahill (left) celebrates a goal against Scotland with skipper Wayne Rooney at Wembley on Friday. Pic/Getty Images

Burton-On-Trent (UK): Gary Cahill believes England's players are comfortable with Gareth Southgate's leadership because he knows what they are going through.

England claimed a 3-0 win over their oldest rivals Scotland on Friday, with headed goals from Cahill, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana ensuring they ended a rough year by establishing a two-point lead in their World Cup qualifying group.

Southgate has delivered two wins and a draw since picking up the baton in the chaotic aftermath of Sam Allardyce's departure and his interim stint will end after Tuesday's friendly meeting with Spain. The comfortable Wembley win cemented his frontrunner for the permanent post and support from the dressing room has been strong.

Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate

At 46, Southgate is significantly closer in age to the squad than predecessors like Allardyce, Roy Hodgson, Fabio Capello or Sven-Goran Eriksson, while England's last young homegrown boss, Steve McClaren, never represented his country as a player.

"The positive thing I see is that he's been there, he's been an England player and been to major tournaments," he said.

"He has that experience and he knows how it is, he knows the pressure you're under when you go and play in an England shirt so he can relate very closely. We've enjoyed this week. Last time we were thrown together in difficult circumstances but this time he's started to get his points across in training. It's important we buy in and keep going."

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