Gareth Southgate hints at continuing England manager role beyond Euro 2024
England have been regarded as one of the favourites to win the Euro 2024
The 53-year-old’s present FA term expires in December, and according to some sources, he will step down after this summer’s European Championship, capping eight years of leadership. But as he tries to ‘just focus’ on winning his first trophy with the Three Lions, Southgate stated during the Nations League draw in Paris that he will make the ultimate choice only after the competition in Germany.
Southgate stated at the Nations League draw, as reported by The Times:
“No. I mean, I think you’ve got to see how the summer goes. It’s as simple as that. In my view, I know what we’re capable of achieving in the summer. I know what my own benchmark of success would be, and after that, I’m not really thinking about anything else at the moment. My only focus is to try to win the tournament for England.
“You’ve got to keep winning football matches, and then make decisions — so I’m completely relaxed about that. All my focus is on delivering the best possible tournament this summer. We’ve always built this period in afterward [between the end of the tournament and December] to reflect on things and make the best possible decisions for England.”
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“If we did anything before it would be detrimental to the performance in the summer, whichever way the decision went,” he said. “Our focus is on the summer. From a personal perspective, you’re fully invested in what happens then and I think that’s how it should be.”
England’s finest coach since 1966 World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey is the former Aston Villa player, who guided his country to both the 2018 World Cup semi-final and the 2020 Euro 2020 final.
Following England’s 2022 World Cup quarterfinal elimination to France, he did, however, consider stepping down, but he finally chose to remain in his position until Euro 2024. This summer at the European Championship, Slovenia, Denmark, and Serbia are England’s Group C opponents.
In order to compile the finest possible team for the competition in Germany, the 2016 Toulon competition winner has been flying to numerous games. Before the Euros, he has just four additional matches to play. They have friendlies against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland in early June, and against Brazil and Belgium in late March.
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