Southgate: World Cup Qualifying Draw
So I boarded the flight to Switzerland for the European World Cup Qualifying on Virgin Atlantic flight VG4132. Why the F.A did not book with British Airways is beyond me but that is how it is I guess. The flight itself was pretty good but one thing I notice about Virgin Pilots that is different to BA pilots is that they are a lot more laid back.
The pilots on BA are very well spoken and posh, it is more like Hello, welcome ladies and Gentlemen to flight BA101 to Switzerland
and what the Virgin pilots say is totally different, jazzy music is background Hello there everyone. I am your pilot today, Derek! and I shall be attempting to get this plane off the ground and then we will consider where we are going! laughs to himself
I did get to Switzerland (despite a very dodgy landing) and was rather glad to get on the ground again, there was however no time to waste and I claime by baggage but was subject to a random search! I was very annoyed as it held up my plans quite a bit but I passed the test obviously and then I got into the car the F.A had sent me, well it was a taxi an I had to pay half the fare too!
I arrived at FIFA headquarters and found the room that the draw was in and found my seat, I had been placed in between Gordan Strachan of Scotland and Hungarian manager Bernd Stock and it proved to be quite an entertaining seat as both
managers welcomed me to the world of international management and then both said that they wanted England in there groups as it has never been an easier time to defeat them! I did give off a nervous laugh because I new they were telling the truth.
England got drew out into group 6 and in my opinion we were lucky to be seeded because we were awful. in pot B was the likes of Romania, Greece, Italy and Turkey so when they pulled out Scotland and placed them into Group 6 an I looked over at Gordon and laughed a lot at him because his face dropped for a second then he turned round, laughed and said well that backfired didn't it
. I just giggled and by this time time Lithuania and Slovakia had been added to the group. Hungary had missed out on England though and were placed in a group with Portugal, Latvia and Switzerland. I joked to Strachan that Scotland would still finish last and my opinion did not change when Slovenia were pulled out of the hat and I thought to myself 'not a bad group this' There was one team left to come out and it was between Malta and Andorra and to be honest any would have done but it was Malta that came out making a group of England, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.
After the draw had finished the speeches had finished (which I swear I fell asleep too) I then decided against staying the night and headed straight to the train station to get back. If the F.A thought I was going to fly with Virgin again then they had another thing coming and I felt better on land rather than in the air.
Erwin Koeman set to become Southgates Number 2?
It took one and a half days to get back an that felt like years but on the way back I got out my notes and started to plan for the squad I was going to name and who should be given the chance to impress me when I name my first squad but first as I got rid of the assistant manager I had decided to place an advert in the job centre to see who would apply and there were some good applicants like Brian Kidd, Mike Phelan and Steve Walsh but the guy I liked the look of was Erwin Koeman and I instructed the F.A to offer him a contract.
I then pulled out my phone and found the name of the player who I was going to ask to be the England captain and sent a message to him asking if he would like to take up the honour of captaining hi country. Jordan Henderson was then sent the message about being vice captain and it was indeed him that responded first saying Wow, what an honour ofcourse I would like to accept the role of vice captain
Henderson is the new Vice Captain
Now while I waited for the potential captain to message me back I had decided that I was going to drop Wayne Rooney because I feel that he was freeloading thinking that he was a guarenteed starter. I feel players like Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Danny Ings deserve a chance. Midfielders like Henderson, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Nathan Redmond also deserved a chance in the first team and defenders like Joe Gomez, Calum Chambers and Ben Chilwell all deserved to be looked at. At that moment my phone went off and it read Wow, Yes I will accept the role of England Captain. I did not expect that in a million years thank you so much Gareth.
Kyle Walker becomes England Captain
So my plan was coming together, Kyle Walker was to be the next England Captain with Henderson the Vice Captain and I know that none of the media was going to expect it and I was not going to announce it to the media until I announced the the squad itself.
I got home and opened the door, sat on the sofa and fell asleep and ready for the next fun filled day when I go to Manchester to meet the Man City and Man Utd managers to get some insight into what is going to happen at the clubs.