By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:13 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 22:13 BST, 8 September 2020
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
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
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.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Over a lifetime in football as player, coach, broadcaster,