Frank Lampard uses four words to back England boss Gareth Southgate

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Former England international midfielder Frank Lampard has given his backing to Gareth Southgate to become the permanent Three Lions boss.

Having taken over from Sam Allardyce in September, the 46-year-old has overseen a win over Malta and a draw with Slovenia in his first two games, and is reportedly keen on taking up the post permanently.

And Lampard has spoken out in support of the former Middlesbrough boss, describing him as a "safe pair of hands".

England take on Scotland and Spain during the current international break, and with England not in action again until March next year, his performance over the next two games could end up deciding his future.

And despite his relative lack of experience managing at the top level, Lampard – who won 106 caps and scored 29 goals for England – believes Southgate represents the best choice to fill the position full time.

"I’m happy Gareth Southgate got the job. I like it," Lampard told BBC Sport.

"I remember making my debut for England at the Stadium of Light and the one player who came up to me in the dressing room and gave me a minute’s chat was Gareth.

"And he didn’t really have to, but he took it upon himself.

"He’s a gentleman, he’s a safe pair of hands - and that’s not patronising - his demeanour is safe,.

"And what he’s done with the 21s there, I think he knows the role, he knows the FA, he’s been involved. We’ve got a lot of young players and I think he’ll do well. I’m really pleased it’s him.

"I think Gareth’s very much the common sense, and good, choice."

Solid record

Since taking over the role in 2013, Southgate has enjoyed a solid managerial record with the England under-21s.

Having taken charge of 31 games with the Young Lions, he has won 25, while drawing three and losing three respectively.

This has given him a win ratio of 80.6%, and helped him sculpt a number of players that are now regulars in the senior side, like Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli.

However, there still remains questions over his managerial record at club level. His win ratio at Middlesbrough, who he took charge of between 2006 to 2009, remains at just 29.8%.

But his good work behind the scenes with the FA have stood him in good stead, and is arguably why he has found himself in the position he's in now.

England take on Scotland at Wembley on Friday night at 7:45.

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