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Gareth Southgate signals England stay beyond Euro 2024

Gareth Southgate signals England stay beyond Euro 2024

Gareth Southgate has hinted that he could manage England at the 2026 World Cup.

The coach's contract expires in December and it is suspected that he will step down after Euro 2024 but he insists that he will not take a final decision until after this summer's tournament in Germany.

Asked if he had decided on his future, Southgate said: "No. I mean, I think you’ve got to see how the summer goes. It’s as simple as that. In my view, I know what we’re capable of achieving in the summer. I know what my own benchmark of success would be, and after that I’m not really thinking about anything else at the moment. My only focus is to try to win the tournament for England."

Southgate explained that making any decisions before the Euros could impact the team's chances and he would rather take stock afterwards.

The England boss said: "You’ve got to keep winning football matches, and then make decisions — so I’m completely relaxed about that. All my focus is on delivering the best possible tournament this summer. We’ve always built this period in afterwards [between the end of the tournament and December] to reflect on things and make the best possible decisions for England.

"If we did anything before it would be detrimental to the performance in the summer, whichever way the decision went. Our focus is on the summer. From a personal perspective you’re fully invested in what happens then and I think that’s how it should be."

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