GARETH SOUTHGATE admits he will face the BOOT if England suffer a disastrous World Cup.
But the under-fire boss urged the boo-boys to bring “positive energy” to support his struggling Three Lions in today’s final Nations League game against Germany at Wembley.
England have failed to win their last FIVE games and have been taunted in the last two games.
Southgate’s contract runs until after Euro 2024 – but he accepts that means nothing if his team flops in Qatar and he could get the sack.
He said: “Ultimately I will be judged by what happens at the World Cup.
“Contracts are irrelevant as managers can be on three, four or five year contracts, but you accept that if the results aren’t good enough, it’s time to part ways.
“Why should I be any different? I’m not arrogant enough to think that my contract will protect me in any way.”
England’s winless streak is their longest since 2014 and Friday’s dismal 1-0 defeat in Italy saw them relegated from the top flight of the Nations League – just over a year after reaching the European Championship final.
There are just 56 days until the opening game between England and Iran.
Southgate added: “We understand how sentiment changes with results and it has changed.
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“I’m judged by what we do in Qatar and I’m very happy to be judged that way.
“I’m the manager and the results haven’t been at the level we need. With the national team, that noise will be louder and more widespread.
“I’m not hiding from that. We don’t enjoy not winning, we have to do the right things every day to improve the small parts of our performance that make the difference.
“If we keep the standards high, eventually the results will change.”
England meets a German team with just one win in six.
But Southgate concedes his players’ negativity is “not healthy”.
It’s not healthy for the team to have that noise around them. I urge the fans to get behind the team
And he wants fans to feel the positive atmosphere at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.
He added: “Part of the reason we were successful was a sense of togetherness. We can’t be successful with fans against us.
“That’s been a tremendous strength over the last five years and it’s harder when we have to fight with the opposition AND with things on our own island.
“Only we can correct that through performance and results.
“We will have 90,000 spectators, the stadium is sold out – people want to come and see this team play.
“It’s not healthy for the team to have that noise around them. I urge the fans to get behind the team.
“How they treat me in the end is very different.
“But this is the last chance for the fans to see the boys before they go to the World Cup. And we’re all in this together.
“We can only be successful if we all pull together. And we all have that positive energy to do well.
“We wanted to bring people together, we realized that this was a mistake and one of the reasons we have not been successful for so long.
“What happens to me is frankly irrelevant. The most important thing is the success of the team.
“And we don’t want the team to be in that environment because it’s a lot harder to be successful.”
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