Burton-on-Trent - England's caretaker manager Gareth
Southgate expressed a desire to move on from a "very difficult" week
in his introductory press conference on Monday.
Southgate, formerly England Under-21s coach, has been placed
in charge on a temporary basis after Sam Allardyce left his post as manager
last week following just 67 days at the helm.
Allardyce left "by mutual consent" after being
caught giving advice about how to circumvent transfer rules and mocking his
predecessor, Roy Hodgson, in a newspaper sting.
"I realise the last week has been a very difficult one
for our organisation," Southgate told a press conference at the St
George's Park national football centre in Burton, central England.
"I felt it was important to step forward in the
leadership position. I'm very much looking forward to working with the players
over the next 10 days to get the results the country wants."
Southgate has recalled Manchester United forwards Marcus
Rashford and Jesse Lingard for England's 2018 World Cup qualifiers at home to
Malta on Saturday and away to Slovenia next week.
He also awarded Stoke City full-back Glen Johnson a first
international call-up in over two years.
Southgate has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will continue as
England won 1-0 away to Slovakia in Allardyce's one game in
Southgate, a former England centre-back, said he had thanked
Allardyce since his predecessor's departure.
"We exchanged messages. From my point of view, that was
important," said the 46-year-old.
"I didn't want to be seen as someone who was waiting in
the wings for an opportunity. I think Sam knew that. I felt it was important to
"The working relationship from my point of view was
very positive. He's got his own situation to deal with and I've got to get on with
leading the country forward."
Allardyce's downfall came amid a spate of revelations about
corruption in English football by the Daily Telegraph.
Reflecting on the stories, Southgate said: "I'm
involved in a sport that I love and an industry that at times I don't like.
"The detail about what happened last week, I'm not au
fait with. I've heard names mentioned and bits of information, but I don't have
the detail, so I don't think I can speculate."
Southgate will also take charge of England's World Cup
qualifier against Scotland and friendly against Spain in November.
He said he had not had time to think about whether he wants
the role full-time.
"I've not had a chance to think about anything other
than preparing for this week and getting the best results," he said.
"Everything beyond that can wait until we have time to