Gareth Southgate: England Manager Bemoans 'Mess' After Slovenia Draw

England interim manager Gareth Southgate.
England interim manager Gareth Southgate in Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 10. Southgate watched his team labor to a disappointing 0-0 draw in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier. Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

England interim manager Gareth Southgate bemoaned the "mess" he had been left, after the national team's disappointing 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday evening.

Southgate won the first of his four games in charge, against Malta on Saturday in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier, but was indebted to goalkeeper Joe Hart in Ljubljana as the on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper made a string of sublime saves.

"With the overall objective of qualifying, we have kept the team on track," Southgate said.

"But we have taken over a mess really and had to steady the ship."

The 46-year-old was referring to the debacle surrounding his predecessor Sam Allardyce, who left his job on September 27 after 67 days as England manager.

Allardyce managed a victory in his only game in charge, against Slovakia in Trnava at the start of September, before he became entangled in a Daily Telegraph sting that caught him offering advice on camera as to how to circumvent the Football Association's (FA) rules on third-party transfers.