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Gareth Southgate Confirms He Wants To Remain In Charge For 2022 World Cup

by : Cameron Frew on : 12 Jul 2021 10:56
Gareth Southgate Confirms He Wants To Remain In Charge For 2022 World CupPA Images

Gareth Southgate says he wants to remain in charge of England for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Southgate, a former player who once missed a penalty against Germany in the Euro ’96 semi-final, led England’s national men’s team to their first international final in 55 years.

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It was a tense game, with England pulling into an early lead thanks to Luke Shaw’s goal in the opening minutes. Unfortunately, Italy equalised and emerged victorious after three missed penalties.

Gareth Southgate has taken the blame. (PA Images)PA Images

While there had been some discussion online over the prospect of Southgate resigning from his position after England’s defeat, it appears he’s far from finished.

‘I don’t think now is an appropriate time to be thinking about it. We have to qualify for Qatar. I need time to go away and reflect on Euro 2020. I need a rest,’ he told Sky Sports News when asked about starting a new contract with the squad.

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‘It is an amazing experience but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll. I said at the time it is great to have that internal support, you greatly value that as a manager,’ he continued.

‘I don’t want to commit to anything longer than I should and I don’t want to outstay my welcome so all of those things need consideration. I want to take the team to Qatar, I feel we have made progress over the four years, we have had a fourth, a third and a second-placed finish and that is as good as anyone,’ Southgate said.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham previously said he was keen to give Southgate a new deal after the Euros.

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After the game, Southgate shouldered the blame for the loss. ‘I chose the guys to take the kicks. I told the players that nobody is on their own in that situation. We win and lose together as a team,’ he said.

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    England manager Gareth Southgate says he wants to remain in charge for the 2022 World Cup following defeat in the final of Euro 2020 by Italy.