Gareth Southgate to remain as England manager


Gareth Southgate will stay on as England manager.

The Football Association has now confirmed that Southgate will stay in charge of the national team, with the aim of seeing out the final two years of his contract.

There had been a widespread expectation that he would quit after the World Cup, but he has now decided to stay on.

After England lost their World Cup quarter-final against France, the 52-year-old said: “Whenever I finish these tournaments I have needed time to take the correct decisions.

“Emotionally you go through so many different feelings. The energy that it takes to get through these tournaments is enormous.

“I want to make the right decision, whatever that is — for the team, for England, for the FA. And I’ve got to be sure that whatever decision I make is the right one.



England played well against France. So what?

“I think it’s right to take a bit of time to do that. I know in the past how my feelings have fluctuated in the immediate aftermath of tournaments.

“The decisions to go again is a lot of energy and you’ve got to make sure you’re ready for that; there’s (European) qualifiers in March.

“Tonight there is too much in my head to think logically about any of that.”

Southgate led England to the last-eight of the World Cup in Qatar. He has previously taken the country to the European Championship final and to the World Cup semi-final in 2018.

The former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender took charge of the senior side in 2016.



Southgate has earned the right to decide his own England future

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