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Southgate puts country above own ambition

Press AssociationPress Association 8/11/2016 Simon Peach

Interim manager Gareth Southgate is more concerned about making England proud against Scotland than his own future.

Thrust into the hot seat following the ignominious end to Sam Allardyce's brief reign, the former defender's temporary four-match spell is soon coming to an end.

A glamour friendly at home to Spain next week closes out a stint in which Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland is comfortably the highlight.

It is reported Southgate will get the job permanently even if humbled by Gordon Strachan's men at Wembley, but talk about his long-term future continues to be on the backburner.

"I have really enjoyed it," he said. "It's a great honour.

"I've played for my country, I've got the chance to manage the best players in the country in an England-Scotland game on Friday night. Wow. For me, that's incredibly exciting.

"As a coach you want to work with good players . What's clear in my mind for this week is the areas you want to work with from last time.

"That should always be ongoing. That should always be our analysis. So, yes, I've enjoyed it and I intend to embrace this opportunity."

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