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Gareth Southgate like a stressed out parents has done his best to handle the problems thrown at him after off the field issues left his preparations for Iceland and Denmark games in tatters Gareth Southgate has been tested by off-the-field issues in recent weeks The England manager's planning for the last two games were left in tatters  Southgate is doing his best not to be too hard or soft with his England squad 

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:13 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 22:13 BST, 8 September 2020

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In the immediate aftermath of sending home Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood in disgrace on Monday, Gareth Southgate made an uncharacteristic mistake, referring to his own young kids when in fact his children are in their late teens.

This may have been a Freudian slip from the England manager, revealing something about how he views the other young adults in his care.

The well-remunerated job as England’s footballing leader has always comprised a multitude of roles — manager, coach, diplomat, statesman. 

Off-the-field issues left Gareth Southgate's England preparations in tatters the last few weeks

Off-the-field issues left Gareth Southgate's England preparations in tatters the last few weeks

Southgate was shocked following Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood's antics in Reykjavik

Southgate was shocked following Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood's antics in Reykjavik

Gareth Southgate has also had to contend with the issues surrounding Harry Maguire

Gareth Southgate has also had to contend with the issues surrounding Harry Maguire

But in the last few weeks, even such a multi-faceted individual as Southgate has been tested. 

The 50-year-old has had to grapple with the intricacies of the Greek legal system, help to construct a biosecure bubble across three countries and then react when it was breached by two players seeking late-night thrills, leaving much of his planning for a crucial game in tatters.

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