As Gareth Southgate picked over the bones of another less than satisfactory week in a Wembley corridor late on Monday night, Phil Foden passed behind him. Tapping his manager on the shoulder, a handshake and a hug followed.
For the England manager and his players, that’s it for now. Goodbye. The next time they see each other will be in the third week of November, six days before the start of the World Cup.
It is a quite unusual situation. Despite the much-needed fillip provided by England’s comeback against Germany, Southgate knows and admits his players are in need of something to restore confidence whittled away by six games without a win, stretching back to the end of last season.
Gareth Southgate will not see his England players again before the Qatar World Cup this…