Gareth Southgate should be made England manager - Wayne Rooney

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Southgate 'loves' England role

England interim manager Gareth Southgate "should be given the job" permanently, says captain 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

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Scotland had 12 shots at Wembley to England's nine but the home side were clinical, scoring with their only three efforts on target

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."

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Cahill praises Southgate's 'experience'

Analysis - appoint him now or wait?

Ex-Scotland winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live:

Why do you have to give him the job now? There is no reason to do it. Wait until the summer and you will have all sorts of options, one being Gareth still.

England are going through anyway but you might be turning down the opportunity to get Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger or someone of that ilk.

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty:

England's interim manager deflected all talk about his future in the build-up to this qualifier - but he will know he is effectively in an impregnable position now.

The only way the waters could have been muddied would have been by a defeat or undistinguished draw against this very average Scotland side.

Southgate's biggest supporters would be hard-pressed to suggest this performance hinted at a golden future for England, but it is surely enough to earn the 46-year-old the chance to plot the way ahead to the next World Cup.

He was under a little pressure after a poor performance in the goalless draw in Slovenia, but this was just what he needed - in result terms at least - and it is now surely only a matter of time before his appointment is confirmed, irrespective of the result of Tuesday's friendly against Spain at Wembley.

Will Strachan get time to 'debrief'?

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The Scottish Daily Record delivered an unforgiving back page on the 3-0 defeat at Wembley

Headed goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill sent Scotland to their biggest defeat against their arch rivals since 1975.

Gordon Strachan's side face Slovenia in March but now boast one win in four qualifiers - a run which has seen him face questions over his future.

"If you think I'm worried about myself, you're completely wrong," said Strachan, who became national team boss in 2013.

"What I've got to think about is everybody in that dressing room. I'll go and talk to my family and we'll debrief with everybody else."

The former Celtic manager, who has lost 12 of his 33 matches in charge, claimed Friday's game was "cruel" to his side, adding his players had "given everything".

Captain Darren Fletcher said the players "believe" in Strachan, adding: "We know how passionate he is. Hopefully he gets the chance to put it right."

Analysis - Is that it for Strachan?

Chief football writer McNulty:

It was almost impossible to find an optimistic Scot at Wembley before kick-off. Sadly, their worst fears were confirmed as the pressure mounts on Strachan.

The combative 59-year-old was subjected to heavy criticism after a draw at home to Lithuania and a 3-0 loss in Slovakia, even before this latest reverse.

There was no lack of heart or effort from Scotland, but there is quite simply a lack of quality in their squad, reflected in the eight changes he made here, to no avail, in an attempt to find a spark.

Strachan may ask, with some justification, if anyone else could do any better with what he has at his disposal. Whether the Scottish Football Association and Tartan Army agree is another matter.

Ex-Scotland striker Steven Thompson on BBC Radio 5 live:

I don't think Gordon Strachan can continue. That's back-to-back 3-0s. Find me a positive. There are none.

Ex-Scotland winger Nevin:

I do not think Gordon Strachan is the problem. That was as good as Scotland could have played. There is no embarrassment. England are a decent side and were clinical.

Paper consensus - Southgate's the choice

Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror believed Southgate sealed the permanent manager's role with the win
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