England manager Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract to lead the national team until 2024.
Southgate’s previous contract expired at the end of the World Cup final in Qatar in December next year, but England boss and his assistant Steve Holland have now signed new contracts until December 2024.
The announcement puts an end to speculation about the immediate future of Southgate and he will lead England to Euro 2024 if he qualifies for the tournament in Germany.
“I’m glad Steve and I are relying on our respective roles,” Southgate said in a statement issued by the FA.
“It’s an incredible privilege to lead this team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark (Bullingham, GM), John (McDermott, Technical Director) and the Board for their support – and of course the players and support team for their hard work.
“We have a great opportunity ahead of us. I know they and the fans are excited about what this team can achieve in the future.”
Southgate took over for England in 2016 following the sacking of Sam Allardyce and oversaw a relatively successful period for the national team.
He took England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in his first major as manager, before finishing third in the UEFA Nations League Premier next summer.
Southgate then led England to the Euro 2020 final on home soil, where they were beaten on penalties by Italy at Wembley.
His most recent victory was leading England to the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar after an unbeaten qualifying campaign that included eight wins and two draws.
Southgate is confident of England’s glorious future
Peter Smith de Sky Sports:
There was a feeling that the charisma of club football could trigger Gareth Southgate after next year’s World Cup, but his contract extension is a true statement of hope for England’s glorious future.
When he took the country to the World Cup in Russia in 2018, the team went there with some expectations, given the devastating European Championship match under Roy’s leadership two years ago. Hodgson.
But this unlikely bet for the semi-finals gave hope, and following the euro this summer the Nations League semi-final expectations changed. England will go to Qatar in 2022 as a serious competitor.
This is a credit to Southgate’s coaching skills, from their flexible tactical approach during matches to their highly appreciated handling of a team with strong ties like a club.
But it is also a testament to Southgate’s growing talent. England’s upward trajectory was stimulated by growing young talent.
They had young players in this summer tournament – but they were promising and young players with a lot of experience. England’s XI against Albania earlier this month have had more matches than any Three Lions since 2013.
Seventeen of the 26 in the Euros are 25 or younger and under the guidance of slightly older Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, they will come to Qatar in good shape to capture this moment.
But beyond next November and with Southgate committed to this Euro 2024 campaign, there is a clear continuation of quality. Jude Bellingham is in the lead, but with newcomers Emily Smith Rowe and Connor Gallagher, along with Curtis Jones, Mason Greenwood and many more, are the future.
A role in the Premier League is undeniably impressive – but for Southgate, the chance to make history with England’s fantastic generation cannot be denied.
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