England manager Gareth Southgate commits to future as planning for Euro 2024 title bid ‘starts now’

Doubts had been raised over the 52-year-old’s future after the Three Lions World Cup quarter-final loss to France, with Southgate stating his intention to take time before making a decision.

On Sunday morning, the FA announced his retention in the English hotseat under his current contract until the end of 2024.

“We are delighted to announce that Gareth Southgate continues as England manager and will lead our Euro 2024 campaign,” FA CEO Mark Bullingham said.

“Gareth and Steve Holland have always had our full support, and our planning for the Euros starts now.”

Southgate worked as the FA’s elite development manager before becoming England Under-21 manager in 2013, taking over as senior team manager three years later following sacking of Sam Allardyce in the midst of a public scandal.

At the 2018 World Cup, the Three Lions reached the semi-finals for the first time in almost 30 years before ending a longer drought at Euro 2020, advancing to the final at Wembley before lose on penalties against Italy.

England were among the favorites for the 2022 World Cup but were knocked out after a 2-1 loss at Al Khor, following Harry Kane’s late penalty miss.

Many players publicly expressed their hope that Southgate would stay on as manager after the defeat.

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