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18th Dec 2022

Gareth Southgate to remain as England manager, FA confirms

Charlie Herbert

He remains the one

Gareth Southgate will remain as England manager until after the European Championships in 2024, the Football Association has confirmed.

He had previously said he was “conflicted” about his future in the role following England’s quarter-final exit at the World Cup.

The 52-year-old, who was appointed in 2016, led the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and a first Euros final in 2021.

His current contract is due to expire in December 2024.

“We are delighted to confirm that Gareth Southgate is continuing as England manager and will lead our Euro 2024 campaign,” said FA chief executive Mark Bullingham.

“Gareth and Steve Holland [assistant manager] have always had our full support, and our planning for the Euros starts now.”

It had been reported in recent days that the FA had drawn up a four-man shortlist to replace Southgate if he decided not to carry on his role as England manager.

Under Southgate, England have won six knockout tournament games between 2018 and 2022 – the same amount won in-between the period before Southgate’s appointment and England’s World Cup win in 1966 – easily making him the Three Lions’ second greatest manager behind Sir Alf Ramsey.

But after England’s gutting 2-1 defeat to France in Qatar, he admitted to feeling “conflicted” about his future.

In a statement he said: “There’s lots of things in my head that’s really conflicted at the moment. I don’t want to be four or five months down the line thinking: ‘I’ve made the wrong call’. It’s too important for everyone to get wrong.”

Southgate and England can now prepare for the 2024 European Championships in Germany, where the Three Lions will be looking to go one better than they did in 2021, and finally claim a first major international title since 1966.

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