Southgate Puts The Record Straight!

Last updated : 08 April 2009 By Boro Mad
Gareth Southgate: "He phoned me on the day the stories appeared and was very upset.

"As always, when players go on international duty they have a lot of media commitments and from a 45-minute interview they can take bits and pieces and come up with a story that's a lot more damning than the actual interview.

"I've been through that myself as a player and I know the way it works.

"He's totally committed to trying to keep us in this division. Everyone knows his passion for the team and the way that he plays.

"He was particularly concerned that supporters will view it in the way people will when a story like that comes out. I've got no questions about his loyalty to the club so it wasn't an issue for me because I know the way these things come out.

"We were both conscious that the way the story was reported didn't look good and that's why Emanuel wanted to very quickly address that situation."