England: Pochettino ramps up pressure on Southgate ahead of World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate, who has already arrived in the League of Nations after a disastrous season, has no right to make mistakes during the 2022 World Cup. Finally, to replace him, Mauricio Pochettino is ready…

Mauricio Pochettino would see himself well on the England bench.

I’m not stupid. (…) I know that in the end I will be judged by what will happen during this World Cup.

Last September, England manager Gareth Southgate was clear about his situation. After a failed season in the League of Nations, the British technician will play his role at the 2022 World Cup despite a contract until 2024.

Pochettino clearly opens the door

A name has been circulating for a few weeks that should possibly replace him in the event of a failure in Qatar: Mauricio Pochettino. Since departing from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, the Argentinian technician has been well-liked across the English Channel following successful experiences at Southampton and Tottenham. And just before the start of the World Cup, the ex-PSG manager decided to up the pressure on Southgate by stating his interest in the position!

If it’s possible (to see him at the head of the England team, ed.)? Of course, my relationship with England has always been very good. I feel really comfortable here. You never know what’s gonna happen. I am open for everything, assured The Athletic’s new agent. A trip that obviously does not go unnoticed in England…

The last square or…

Why ? Because several observers have been campaigning for a change of coach for several months. And Southgate must therefore live up to expectations for this tournament (see article here). So far, the ex-Aston Villa player has been his asset in major events: a 3rd place finish at the 2018 World Cup and an unfortunate finalist status at Euro 2020. Problem, the Three Lions are going through a difficult period with a current streak of 6 games without a win, including a humiliating home defeat by Hungary (0-4) last June. To stay in his job, Southage must reach the goal set by his federation: the semi-finals.

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