FA hope to persuade Southgate to stay on as England boss beyond 2022


he FA hope the lure of two major tournaments in three years will convince Gareth Southgate to commit his long-term future to England.

Formal talks between Southgate and the FA over a new contract are planned, despite the manager raising doubts over his position beyond next year’s World Cup.

The FA hope the congested nature of the international calendar, as a result of Covid, will see Southgate want to remain in his position until the next Euros.

His current deal is due to end after Qatar 2022, but English football’s governing body have already told him they want him to carry on.

With the World Cup due to be staged midway through the season, it means the following Euros will take place just 18 months later in Germany, giving Southgate two tournaments in quick succession.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham insisted the England manager’s position was secure regardless of what happened at these Euros.

The fact that England reached the final has only strengthened his belief that Southgate represents the nation’s best chance of winning a second major trophy.

But the former Middlesbrough boss insisted yesterday that he would need time to consider his future beyond the World Cup, making it clear that he was feeling the strain of leading the national team.

Southgate also believes he has unfinished business at club level and is convinced the experience of transforming England’s fortunes has left him well prepared to take on a major job in the Premier League.

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