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England boss Gareth Southgate accepts fans may never warm to him

England boss Gareth Southgate accepts the fans may never warm to him.

Southgate is convinced, however, that the team can win back the fans after clinching their place at the World Cup finals next summer with a game to spare.

The former defender said: “For me, the love of the England fans... they might find it difficult to find much love for me with my history with England! I've managed to shoulder that for 20 years.

“My job, my first objective, is to get the country to a World Cup finals. Then make the team as good as we possibly can and that's what I intend to.

“Although I'm not certain I'm standing here thinking 'Wow! Isn't it brilliant to have qualified for a World Cup? I'm feeling all the love.'

“But I get it. I get it.

“I go back to I think picking up the consequences of decades of disappointment and this group are nowhere near as experienced as most of those teams. The hope is that people get behind them and give them a chance."

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