Even if we are sent away from France, at least Southgate has stopped England from being silly after two decades of farce

THE best thing about this England team, this England manager, this FA line-up?

You are no longer stupid.

Gareth Southgate has managed three successful campaigns in major tournaments

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Gareth Southgate has managed three successful campaigns in major tournamentsPhoto credit: Getty
Kevin Keegan quit as England boss amid gaming culture in squad

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Kevin Keegan quit as England boss amid gaming culture in squadPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Sven-Göran Eriksson failed in several tournaments and his reign was marred by off-field antics

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Sven-Göran Eriksson failed in several tournaments and his reign was marred by off-field anticsPhoto credit: Reuters
Steve McClaren has been sacked after failing to qualify for Euro 2008

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Steve McClaren has been sacked after failing to qualify for Euro 2008Photo credit: AFP
David Beckham coached alongside Fabio Capello at the disastrous 2010 World Cup

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David Beckham coached alongside Fabio Capello at the disastrous 2010 World CupPhoto credit: AFP
Sam Allardyce resigned in charge of England after a game in disgrace

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Sam Allardyce resigned in charge of England after a game in disgracePhoto credit: Getty
Roy Hodgson ensured a World Cup group stage elimination and KO loss to Iceland

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Roy Hodgson ensured a World Cup group stage elimination and KO loss to IcelandPhoto credit: Getty

Because it’s easy to forget, after Gareth Southgate’s team rolled into a World Cup quarter-finals, that we endured almost two decades of farce before all of this.

Two decades of slapstick, laughter, buffoons in the Benny Hill theme – and none of it is understandable what happens under Southgate.

England fans tend to focus on ‘oh so close’, bad luck, broken metatarsals, red cards and penalties defeats.

But it wasn’t bad luck at all. It was a complete and utter mess.

Driving back from Al Bayt Stadium, a largely forgotten image came to mind after England’s reckless 3-0 win over Senegal on Sunday.

It was from South Africa in 2010 – a real World Cup campaign that saw David Beckham alongside manager Fabio Capello alongside the England dugout, handsome and famous in a three-piece suit.

No one even pretended Beckham was a coach or anything. The FA admitted he didn’t matter at all.

Beckham was just “there.” On the coaching bench at a real World Cup.

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What was it about?

Can you imagine Southgate supporting something so stupid?

That was a relatively trivial episode during a 20-year sewage show, but as a measure of how far removed from reality the England team was before Southgate, it has to be beaten a bit.

Prior to that, Glenn Hoddle had employed Eileen Drewery, the faith healer, who laid hands on Ray Parlour, who asked for a short back and sides.

Then Hoddle was fired for claiming that disabled people were punished for their sins in a past life.

Imagine if that happened under Southgate.

Then Kevin Keegan quit in the Wembley toilets after overseeing a clique-ridden squad with a toxic high-stakes gambling culture.

Imagine if that happened under Southgate.

Then a golden era of farce and scandal during the reign of Sven-Göran Eriksson.

Rio Ferdinand fails a drug test, is banned from Euro 2004 and Gary Neville threatens a players’ strike in protest.

The manager cheated on Ulrika Jonsson, then an FA secretary, Faria Alam, who also cheated on FA chief Mark Palios who has resigned.

Eriksson’s regime was so addicted to the Beckham cult that when asked by England’s travel agent during the 2002 World Cup when he wanted the team’s plane to depart, he replied: “You’ll have to ask David.”

England’s Posh and Becks era culminated in the WAG circus in Baden-Baden in 2006, when Eriksson was duped by a fake sheikh who claimed he was going to buy Aston Villa and make the Swede his manager.

Imagine any of that happening under Southgate.

After Eriksson, football got even worse when “Wally with the Brolly” Steve McClaren failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

After axing Beckham to prove he didn’t depend on his players’ fame, he brought Beckham back and seemed constantly dependent on his players’ fame.

Next it was Capello who claimed he only needed to know 100 words of English and in 2010 not only enlisted as a model/mascot but also signed up for something called The Capello Index.

This is where the actual England coach should be paid extra dosh at a real World Cup to post online reviews and tag every player, including England’s, out of 100.

This comes after Capello axed captain John Terry for allegedly cheating on the reserve left-back’s ex-girlfriend, only for Terry to lead a World Cup riot for Capello to later reinstate him.

But then Terry was found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the brother of Lions teammate Rio, and Capello resigned in protest.

Imagine if that happened under Southgate.

Roy Hodgson stepped in and decided to take the perpetrator Terry to Euro 2012 rather than the brother of the victim Rio because he couldn’t take both.

And then Brazil in 2014, when FA chairman Greg Dyke made a throat-slit gesture as England were drawn into a group with Italy and Uruguay. And was seen reading a book called Death in Brazil after England died on their butts and were eliminated within five days.

And at Euro 2016, when Neville lashed out at the press, players were banned from talking about an in-house darts tournament and Hodgson went on a boat trip instead of watching England’s next opponents. . . Iceland.

The reputation of English footballers was so bad at the time that the staff at their posh hotel decided to remove the chandeliers from their team room, out of genuine fear that the players would swing from them.

Imagine any of that happening under Southgate.

Then, after Sam Allardyce’s one-match reign was ended by a broadsheet stab, Southgate – and common sense – arrived.

When he got the “impossible job,” it was like saying to himself, “What if we stopped acting like totally rabid maniacs all the time? Could we be better at football?’.

After Southgate axed Wayne Rooney after a drunken incident at the team hotel, he imposed a calm, rational management style – and England have enjoyed three successful tournaments in a row.

Now Southgate might be too cautious for your liking and England could be sent home by France on Saturday.

But at least his Englishmen are professional, serious, decent and intelligent, and nobody laughs out loud at them.

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Southgate just doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his greatest achievement.

He stopped England from being stupid.

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