Southgate trusts young players, has encouraged an eye-pleasing and pacey style and has acted with dignity in victory and defeat. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
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Southgate was initially installed as caretaker manager -- a "safe pair of hands" to guide England through choppy waters following a humiliating exit to Iceland under former manager Roy Hodgson at the 2016 European Championship in France.Fast forward three years and Southgate has transformed England from laughing stock to a vibrant, free-scoring side tipped as one of the favorites to win next year's European Championship.A man many said was "too nice" to be a success has become the most popular England manager since Terry Venables guided the national team to the semifinals of Euro 1996 on home soil.England have scored 19 goals in four Euro 2020 qualifiers and face the Czech Republic Friday and Bulgaria three days later when few would expect anything other than two more emphatic wins to virtually assure their place in the finals.
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