Southgate faced some tough questions from the media Thursday.
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The Dickensian fog obscuring Wembley's arch hardly looked a portent of a golden era for England's national team as new manager Gareth Southgate spent his first day in the job trying to provide some cheer Thursday.It was hardly an uplifting backdrop for the 46-year-old to begin life as permanent manager, having signed a four-year deal Wednesday, yet Southgate did his best to lift the mood, talking of his great expectations for a job dubbed a poisoned chalice. Southgate enjoyed a relatively successful period in charge of England's U-21s – fast-tracking several players into the senior squad.Southgate, who insisted there was no "break clause" in his contract following the 2018 World Cup, offered measured support for Rooney, who was photographed after a late-night drinking session at the team's hotel.
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