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Southgate: ‘I don’t want to outstay my welcome’ as England manager

Written by on 12/07/2021

Gareth Southgate has said he does not want to “outstay his welcome” as England manager and that now is not the “appropriate time” to think about extending his deal as national boss.

The 50-year-old has hinted that greater things could still come from the current England team – but he admitted he needs a break after his side were beaten on penalties by Italy in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley.

Southgate is contracted as England manager until after the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.

He said: “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.”

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham has said during Euro 2020 that he wants to hand Southgate a new deal.

But Southgate said: “I don’t think now is an appropriate time to think about anything.

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“We have got to qualify for Qatar, but I need some time to go away and watch the game and reflect on the whole tournament, I need a rest.

“It is an amazing experience, but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll and I need a break now.”

 Sky News

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