Gareth Southgate: ‘There is no magic wand for England, that’s the reality’

• England manager angered by defeat against 10 men in Paris
• Southgate: ‘Our game without the ball has to improve in all areas’

Gareth Southgate has given a bleak assessment of England’s status on the back of their demoralising defeat by France and made it clear “there is no magic wand” to help the national team back to a position where they can cope against elite opponents.

Southgate, reflecting on only three wins from eight games in charge, said every part of the team needed improvement and admitted the 3-2 defeat at the Stade de France, against a side who had to play with 10 men for virtually the entire second half was the first time since taking the job he had been angry with his players in the dressing room.

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