Gareth Southgate will sit down with the FA to talk about a new contract once England finishes their qualifying campaign in November. Southgate’s contract runs out after the World Cup next year but it is understood that the FA would like him to extend his contract until the European Championships in 2024. England has been transformed into one of the best teams in world football having reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup as well as the finals of Euro 2020 under Southgate. The FA would like him to stay but are aware of his intentions to return to club management in the future. England will finish their World Cup qualifying campaign when they travel to San Marino on November 15.
“I wouldn’t think they could care less, frankly! They’re not bothered who the manager is at club or country.” England manager Gareth Southgate said. “One comes, one goes. The next one, they get on with it. So, no, it’s not a distraction in any way, shape, or form. I’ve got 14 months. If you can get through 14 weeks as a manager you have done well, so it really isn’t an issue. I’m enjoying working with the team and I would imagine we won’t even discuss that until after the autumn now.”
“That’s a good position for us to be in. But that has to be worked at every day,” he added on England’s position in their qualifying group. “Any slipping of those standards, any suggestion we can win matches by taking our foot off the gas, then we’ll be in trouble. The level of competition is too high. The test of any match gives you different problems to solve during the evening. While it’s enjoyable to be with this team at the moment because of the things you’ve mentioned, that also can be a dangerous moment, if we allow standards to slip in any way.”
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