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Southgate to lead England until December 2024 as he signs contract extension

Written by on 22/11/2021

Gareth Southgate has extended his deal as England manager through to December 2024.

Should he complete the deal, it will mean the former defender will have been in charge of the Three Lions for eight years – the longest serving manager since Sir Bobby Robson in the 1980s.

Southgate, and his assistant Steve Holland, both 51, signed to extend their contracts ahead of the World Cup in Qatar next year.

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Final - Italy v England - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - July 11, 2021 England manager Gareth Southgate and Bukayo Saka look dejected after loosing the Euro 2020 final Pool via REUTERS/Andy Rain
Image: Southgate almost won England’s first silverware since 1966 this summer

The pair’s tenure managing the squad has seen England reach the World Cup semi-final in 2018, and the final of Euro 2020 earlier this year.

Following the announcement, Southgate said: “I am delighted that Steve and I have been able to extend our stay in our respective roles. It remains an incredible privilege to lead this team…

“We have a great opportunity in front of us and I know they and the fans are all excited about what this squad could achieve in future.”

The FA said in a statement: “Southgate, who marks five years in charge at the end of this month, has overseen a period of positive progress guiding England to a FIFA World Cup semi-final and UEFA Nations League third place before securing the best men’s performance in 55 years with the UEFA Euro final this summer.

“The new deal means Southgate and his assistant Holland will lead England to the 2022 World Cup, for which qualification was secured earlier this month, before taking the team through qualifying for the 2024 Euro, which starts in March 2023.”

 Sky News

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