Gareth Southgate revealed that he would like to remain in charge of England for the 2022 world cup in Qatar. England lost the final of Euro 2020 to Italy in a penalty shootout. The loss meant that their 55-year wait for a major tournament goes on. Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham during Euro 2020 had said that he would like Southgate to continue beyond the World Cup in Qatar.
“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.” Gareth Southgate said about the 2022 World Cup. “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.”
“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,” he added. “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.”
Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford all missed their penalty kicks in the shootout. After the match, they were subjected to online racial abuse. Southgate said this abuse was unforgivable insisting that is not what the team stood for. Southgate was all praise for Arsenal teenage sensation Bukayo Saka.
“Bukayo in particular has been an absolute star in this tournament, incredible maturity and the way he has played has brought a smile to so many people’s faces. He’s become such a popular member of the group and I know he has got everybody’s support,” he added.