Despite the heartbreak of watching his team lose in the World Cup quarterfinals, Gareth Southgate will continue as England’s manager and go for the Euro 2024 crown, according to British media on Saturday.
After losing to the reigning world champions France last weekend in Qatar, the 52-year-old stated he needed time to collect himself after six years in the position.
Since winning the World Cup in 1966, England had not claimed a major prize, but under Southgate, they advanced to the 2018 tournament’s semifinals and the 2017 European Championship final.
The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday that he is “convinced” he should continue managing the national side and that he will let the Football Association know that he wants to finish out his contract before Christmas.
His current contract is good through December 2024.
In order to put a stop to rumors about his future, The Daily Mail reported on Saturday that Southgate “would declare his choice to the FA in the coming days.”
Last Saturday, England’s latest attempt to win a second World Cup failed when they lost 2-1 to the reigning champions France, who went on to advance to the final.
After scoring from the spot earlier in the game, captain Harry Kane had a chance to tie the score late in the game but blasted over from the penalty spot.
“The energy that it takes through these tournaments is enormous so I want to make the right decision, whenever that is, for the team, for England, for the FA,” Southgate said in the aftermath of defeat.
“And I’ve got to be sure that whatever decision I make is the right one and I think it’s right to take a bit of time to do that because I know in the past how my feelings have fluctuated in the immediate aftermath of tournaments.”
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