Man City defender John Stones: This is why Gareth Southgate should be England boss

Southgate begins his interim reign following the departure of Sam Allardyce against Malta on Saturday with a ringing endorsement of his credentials to land the job permanently.

England defender John Stones is one of the best qualified to speak of Southgate’s qualities having played under him during his stint as Under-21s coach and believes he has the toughness to survive in the role.

“Being a defender I think toughness is born into him,” said Stones, who won 12 caps before making the step up to the seniors.

“Every manager knows when to have the ruthless streak in telling the players what they need. Sometimes it is not what they want to hear and I have experienced that in the U21s.

“I have been in situations in games where we weren’t playing well, and doing what he wanted and he came in at half-time and told us and we turned it round. That is a great quality to have.

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