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Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate sheds light on his England future after Italy heartbreak 

England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy. (Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images)
England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy. (Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images)
Vatsal Vora
ANALYST

After suffering heartbreak against Italy in the Euro 2020 final, England manager Gareth Southgate has come out and said he wants to remain as national team manager until the Qatar World Cup.

Gareth Southgate believes England have made progress under his leadership despite losing the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley. Speaking about his future, Southgate said (via Sky Sports):

"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."

Despite wanting to manage England beyond Euro 2020, Southgate has said that managing a national team can be a tiresome process and does not want to discuss contract talks at the moment. In this regard, he said:

"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."

The FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has already said he wants to offer Gareth Southgate a new contract during Euro 2020.


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Meanwhile, Southgate has defended his players against the online racial abuse Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka have received following their penalty misses which cost England the Euro 2020 title. In the players' defense, Southgate said:

"It's just not what we stand for. 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.
"Bukayo, in particular, has been an absolute star in this tournament, has shown 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."

Southgate also believes the heartbreak England's players suffered during the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 will reinforce the belief that they can achieve something soon.

"Because of what they have been through in these two tournaments they will have a belief that they can get close."

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee
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