The final international break of 2016 is over, so, it is time for The Football Association to decide whether Gareth Southgate is the right man to manage England on a permanent basis.
What would you do?
After coming through his four-game interim spell in charge of the Three Lions unbeaten, including Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against Spain at Wembley Stadium, speculation suggests the former Middlesbrough and England Under-21 coach will get the nod to become the national team boss.
The 46-year-old, who won 57 international caps for England during his playing career, began his interim spell with a comfortable 2-0 win over minnows Malta, before enduring a goalless encounter in Slovenia back in October.
Then, last Friday, Southgate led the Three Lions to a convincing 3-0 win over rivals Scotland at Wembley to round off this calendar year’s 2018 World Cup qualifying fixtures, in which England currently sit top of Group F, having bagged 10 points from a possible 12.
Despite throwing away what would have been an impressive victory against 2010 World Cup winners Spain last night, in which England led 2-0 until the 89th minute, the Three Lions have showed glimpses of what they can produce under Southgate’s guidance.
But, is he good enough to take the job on a full-time basis?