England manager Gareth Southgate declared that he would never overstay his welcome.

If you polled a 28,000-strong crowd at Molineux after this historic humiliation, Southgate would be packing his bags and negotiating a pay-off this morning.

That will not and should not happen, given that such talk seemed completely out of the question just 11 days ago.

Southgate is England’s most successful manager since Sir Alf Ramsey, having led the team to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final. He has a lot of credit with his employers and players.

But, with only two games remaining before the World Cup in Qatar, this is England’s worst run of form since Roy Hodgson’s disastrous campaign in Brazil in 2014.

Remember the one where they were knocked out in five days before they even finished their malaria treatment?

Yes, it is getting that bad.

England was booed mercilessly long before the end of a dreadful performance. Harry Maguire was even booed ON when he came on as a late substitute after John Stones was sent off, with the Three Lions already three down.

It was England’s worst home defeat in nearly a century, dating back to a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Scotland’s ‘Wembley wizards’ in 1928.

And it was their heaviest defeat since 1964, when they lost to Pele’s Brazil at the Maracana.


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