Gareth Southgate: the nice guy with the guts to shake up England

England under 21 manager Gareth Southgate

Midnight had struck when Gareth Southgate emerged from the Riverside Stadium’s main entrance. The manager was unusually late in leaving but the fan waiting to bid him “good evening” supposed he must have been celebrating the win over Derby County that had left Middlesbrough riding high in the Championship.

Middlesbrough’s Aitor Karanka warns Ben Gibson off dreaming of England call

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton and Ben Gibson

Aitor Karanka has warned Ben Gibson to concentrate solely on his Middlesbrough performances and not allow himself to become distracted by mounting talk of an England senior call-up. It would be no surprise were Sam Allardyce to name the Under-21 centre-half in his next squad, particularly as Gibson is that most prized defensive commodity – a left-footer.