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Gareth was always manager material

Goal-grabber Graham reflects on his time working at Middlesbrough with current England boss Southgate

18 June 2018

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England's World Cup campaign is off to a winning start, and Rovers striker Danny Graham says he always believed his former team-mate Gareth Southgate was suited to management.

The Three Lions left it late to secure a 2-1 win over Tunisia in Volgograd in their first game of the tournament, with Harry Kane netting twice.
For Graham, there's an old friend in the dugout in the form of ex-Middlesbrough team-mate and boss Southgate, who takes charge of the national team.
Danny joked: “Gareth got rid of me at Middlesbrough! No, in all seriousness I played with him at Middlesbrough and when I broke through there he was a top professional and a great centre half.
“I knew he would go into management but I don’t think you ever think at the time that he’ll go on to manage England at a World Cup.
“But credit to him. He’s done a good job for England so far and has stamped his authority on the dressing room straight away.
“Good luck to him, good luck to England and let’s all hope we can have a good World Cup."

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