Southgate said: “When you are involved in football, there are always going to be opinions, but it is the past for us. Massimo has moved on now.
“I am not bothered about personal criticism. I will always defend all of my staff to the hilt because I have fantastic staff here.”
“We have got lots of young, talented players coming through and we have got excellent facilities,” he added. “So we have to make sure we continue to progress as a club and continue to raise our aims and push the club forward.”