Gareth Southgate says he has grown “tired” of responding to criticism of his decisions as England manager as he looks to secure one of the top seeds for the Euro 2024 draw.
England face Malta at Wembley on Friday night with Euro 2024 qualification already sewn up but there are other issues that remain outstanding.
While a spot at next summer’s finals in Germany was assured with victory over Italy last month, Southgate’s side still have something to play for in the game against Malta and the trip to North Macedonia.
Only the top-five best performing nations throughout the qualifying campaign will be top seeds for the draw in Hamburg next month.
Southgate said: “Well, the reality of that is however well we play tomorrow people will just say it’s a lower ranked opponent, so it’ll be irrelevant,” he said with a laugh.