Gareth Southgate says too soon to decide on new contract with England


England supervisor Gareth Southgate says he’ll pause earlier than any determination over his future however that he presently intends to keep in control of the staff.

England misplaced the Euro 2020 closing to Italy on penalties on Sunday after the sport ended 1-1 after further time.

Southgate is below contract till after subsequent yr’s World Cup in Qatar however the Football Association had already expressed an intent to prolong his deal.

“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,” Southgate informed a information convention on Monday.

“To lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll. I don’t want to commit to anything longer than I should. It’s not a financial thing. As I sit here today. I would be wanting to take the team to Qatar,” he added.

The England supervisor, who led the staff to the final 4 within the World Cup in Russia in 2018 stated that a number of profitable nationwide groups had suffered the ache of being shut to the title earlier than lastly breaking via.

“If you want sustained success as a team, you need to be constantly evolving, improving and constantly finishing in latter stages of tournaments,” he stated.

“It feels like my stomach has been ripped out this morning. But the fact we have had the first signs of some consistency – a World Cup semi-final and a Euro final – has to be a step in the right direction.”

England, which had the benefit of enjoying all however one among its video games within the event at Wembley, completed high of its group earlier than beating Germany, Ukraine and Denmark within the knockout stage earlier than falling brief towards Italy.

Southgate stated it was emotionally very troublesome to deal with the loss.

“When you’re in sport and you get to finals, those opportunities are so rare, so to be close, it’s very hard the day after. You have given everything – the emotions are drained,” he stated.

“We will go once more. It’s too straightforward to say we will go to the World Cup in Qatar and win – however that’s a bit glib. We nonetheless have to qualify, we nonetheless have to win. You have to begin the cycle once more.

“But to be able to work with these players every day has been fantastic, so when it comes to the end like it has now, it’s hard.”

There has been racial abuse geared toward some England gamers on social media within the aftermath of the defeat and Southgate stated that was unacceptable.

“For some of them to be abused is unforgivable. Some of it has come from abroad, we have been told this, but some of it is from this country. We have been a beacon of light to bring people together and the national team stands for everybody,” he stated.

“We felt the energy and positivity from the fans and I’m incredibly proud of that.”


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