3 Southgate has masterminded England’s march to the quarter-finals Piers Morgan says he was wrong about Gareth Southgate Piers Morgan admits he got it ‘spectacularly’ wrong about Gareth Southgate.The Good Morning Britain presenter was referencing his interview with talkSPORT in 2016 when the Football Association appointed Southgate as England manager. 3 Here’s what I said on @talkSPORT about Gareth Southgate when he got the England job.I’m retweeting it because it’s important in life to acknowledge when you get something, or someone, spectacularly wrong. He’s turned out to be the perfect choice. https://t.co/7FPMPGxZdx— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 4, 2018 “He’s got the job by complete default. He’s kind of like the only English manager left on the rack. We’ve lassoed ourselves to the idea that we can only have an English manager – for reasons that completely baffle me.“And so, it has to be Southgate because Big Sam fell on a sword of his own making and there’s really nobody else left except for [Alan] Pardew, and he can barely hang on at Crystal Palace.”During his time with the U-21s, Southgate led England to Toulon Tournament success as the young Three Lions picked up the trophy for the first time since 1994.And despite his less travelled route into English football’s top job, Morgan insisted that ‘ticking a box’ shouldn’t be enough to land one of the most high profile jobs available.“I would say that is the perfect reason not to hire him. The FA is absolutely swimming in cash. If the three of us went down there now and tried to count it, we’d be there for the next billion years.“Why are we not out in the market trying to lure one of the world’s top managers, to what is one of the most high profile jobs in world football? And you’ll get all the fans coming on going: ‘oh you can’t get them.’ It’s the same argument I hear at Arsenal.“Miraculously, in the last six months; Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, [Antonio] Conte all seem to be available and hired by other people. There are a legion of better managers than Gareth Southgate in the world, if you are prepared to pay the right kind of money.“Money is not an object for an England manager. What should be an object, is dragging the current England football team out of its abyss, following its worst ever performance at a major tournament and dragging us kicking and screaming – under the tutelage of a brilliant, dynamic new manager – into the next phase of our existence.“Instead, we’ve gone for the easy option – the cheap option – the only option by the strict criteria of: he’s got to be English and barely useless, and that’s where we are and I don’t get it.”Now, following England’s progress at the 2018 World Cup, the diehard Arsenal fan praised Southgate and tweeted about his talkSPORT interview: “It’s important in life to acknowledge when you get something, or someone, spectacularly wrong. He’s turned out to be the perfect choice.”Now that cannot have been easy for him to do. 3 Southgate got the job on a permanent basis in 2016 following the departure of Sam Allardyce, stepping up from his role as under-21 boss. He was in charge for four games on an interim basis before getting the top job and Morgan believed the FA opted for the easy option instead of scouring the globe for a better alternative.“I’m not as excited as he is, and I’m not entirely sure how he thinks he has proven himself,” he said at the time.“He’s been in charge for four games – we’ve beat Malta – and frankly we could have put my pet terrapin in charge of the team, and they would have beaten Malta.“We drew with Slovenia; that world force of football. We beat Scotland which we would expect every England manager to do, and we’ve squandered a two goal lead over Spain to draw.“I’m not sure how that makes him so ecstatically certain he’s the right man for the job. The truth is – I have nothing against him – I only know him as the guy who starred in pizza adverts when England were humiliated in the past. England players celebrate reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.