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Gareth Southgate: Euro 2024 could be my final tournament with England

Gareth Southgate: Euro 2024 could be my final tournament with England

Gareth Southgate accepts that Euro 2024 could be his final opportunity to win a trophy with England.

The coach has guided the Three Lions to the Euro 2020 final and the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup during his eight-year tenure but knows that failure to bring home silverware in Germany this summer could spell the end of his time as boss.

Southgate told the German newspaper Bild: "If we don't win, I probably won't be here anymore. Then it might be the last chance.

"If we want to be a big team and I want to be a top coach, then you have to deliver in the big moments."

He added: "I think about half of the national coaches leave after a tournament - that's the nature of international football.

"I've been here for almost eight years now and we've come close. So I know that you can't keep standing in front of the public and saying, 'Please do a little more', because at some point people will lose faith in your message."

Southgate's contract expires later this year and he chose not to sign a new deal before the Euros as it would have piled more "pressure" on his players at the tournament.

He said: "The reason is that there would have been more criticism, which would have put more pressure on the team.

"England did that once before with Fabio Capello and there was a big drama before the tournament. It's better to check yourself after the tournament."

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