In this series we look at how four choices for the England manger would perform at the 2018 World Cup on Football Manager.
Here’s the four managers we’re looking at-:
1. Gareth Southgate (current England manager)
2. Eddie Howe (Bournemouth manager – and favourite)
3. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal manager – and another favourite)
4. Guus Hiddink (Wildcard choice)
We’ll start off with part one: Gareth Southgate.
Southgate opts for a 4-3-3 direct system for England – perhaps his main talking point is there is no room for current captain Wayne Rooney.
Do England qualify?
Yes Southgate does get England to the World Cup with relative ease – they finish top of the group only losing one game.
In the World Cup Group?
England are drawn into Group C and handed a tough top seed with Brazil.
Iran and Algeria also in the group it should be seen as a group that England can get out of.
Southgate sticks to his 4-3-3 system which got England qualified – with a fairly similar team. Perhaps a big talking point in the squad selection is there is still no room for Wayne Rooney – and Watford captain Troy Deeney is preferred.
How does Southgate do?
Not very well. The campaign doesn’t get off to a great start as England lose 1-0 to Iran, then it’s followed up by 3-0 loss to eventual group winners Brazil. With England already out – they draw 3-3 with Algeria to round off a miserable World Cup.
What’s next for Southgate?
No surprise after a miserable World Cup campaign – Gareth Southgate resigns from the England job.
Here are some of the stats from Southgate’s England reign.
Thanks for reading part one of our England experiment – tomorrow we’ll see how Eddie Howe gets on in the England hot seat.