Gareth Southgate should be made England manager – Wayne Rooney

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Gareth Southgate should be made England manager – Wayne Rooney

Southgate secured his second win in three matches as his side beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

“He’s done all he can and I’m sure he’s the frontrunner,” said Rooney. “From my point of view, he’s in pole position.”

England sit top of Group F after four matches and Southgate said he has “loved” his time in charge but added the decision was “out of my hands”.

I need time to reflect – Southgate

Southgate was asked to take charge of the side for four games – ending with Tuesday’s friendly against Spain – in the wake of Sam Allardyce’s exit.

He says he has delivered on the Football Association’s plea to “keep the country top of the group”, and added that England’s use of the ball was “fantastic” in spells against Scotland.

England do not play another qualifier until they host Lithuania on 26 March and Southgate, 46, is heavy favourite with the bookmakers to be permanent manager by then.

“I want time to go away and reflect,” added the former Middlesbrough boss. “I have loved doing it but it is an opportunity for everyone to have time [to think]. The FA can decide what they want to do.”