Thursday 6 October 2016 by Jack Marshall

Home Secretary praises England manager for not selecting any foreigners


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Home Secretary Amber Rudd today heaped praise on England’s caretaker manager, Gareth Southgate, for not selecting any foreigners in his England side that will play Malta on Saturday.

Ms Rudd, who said in a speech to the Conservative Party Conference this week that British firms should reveal the number of foreign staff that they employ, expressed huge admiration for Southgate.

“He’s an inspiration. I find his decision to be especially courageous because, as you know, England’s opponents on Saturday are Malta – a team full of foreigners.

“He could have picked EU nationals such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Petr Čech to face them, but he’ll prove that Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart can do the job just as well, if not better, and I’m sure that this side will go on to win the World Cup.”

Ms Rudd went on to speak about the Government’s latest legal bid to force Graeme Le Saux to return his 36 England caps as his name sounded “a bit French”.

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