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Southgate confirms he wants to lead England to 2022 World Cup

Mon 12 July 2021 | 11:05

The Three Lions boss is not interested in quitting his job after the Euro 2020 heartbreak.

England

were defeated by

Italy

in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. Gareth Southgate’s side displayed impressive form in the tournament, but they were edged out in a tense penalty shoot-out against the Azzurri. Southgate, who has previously led the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, confirmed he is keen to stay at the national team.

When asked about his future, Southgate responded:

"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.

"It is an amazing experience but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll.”

Football Association chief executive

Mark Bullingham

has previously said the FA is planning on giving Southgate a new deal.

The England boss added:

"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.

"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.”

Following their penalty misses against Italy,

Bukayo Saka

,

Marcus Rashford

, and

Jadon Sancho

were subjected to racist abuse on social media.

"It's just not what we stand for,”

Southgate said of the incident.

"We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.

"We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.

"It's my decision who takes the penalties, it's not a case of players not volunteering or more experienced players backing out."

He added:

"We heal together as a team now, and we are there for them, and I know that 99 per cent of the public will be as well.

"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."

England missed the chance to win their first major trophy in 55 years. The Three Lions will look forward to regrouping after the heartbreak as they prepare themselves for another World Cup campaign under Southgate.


source: SportMob

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