The English Football Association (FA) is interested in Gareth Southgate remaining as the coach of the England national team after this summer’s European Championships.
It was expected that Southgate would step down after the 2024 finals in Germany.
However, the 53-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of staying on until the 2026 World Cup.
“You have to see how the summer goes. It’s as simple as that,” said Southgate at the Nations League draw in Paris on Thursday.
“In my view, I know what we’re capable of achieving in the summer, I know what my own benchmark of success would be, after that I’m not really thinking about anything else.
“In the end, we’ve got to deliver a performance and you’ve got to make the best decisions for everybody. I won’t be in a position to make that decision before the tournament.”
The FA has been impressed by the way Southgate has changed perceptions about the England national team on and off the pitch since taking charge.
He replaced Sam Allardyce, initially on an interim basis, in 2016, and in 2021, he signed a contract to stay as the England national team coach until December 2024.
In the same year, he led England to the final of the Euros – their best men’s performance in 55 years – where they lost to Italy on penalties at Wembley.
In 2018, he guided the team to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, while they reached the quarter-finals of the 2022 tournament in Qatar, losing 2-1 to eventual finalists France.z z z z z z z z z
England has won 57 out of 91 matches under Southgate, with 14 defeats and 20 draws.
There are unlikely to be any significant talks about Southgate’s contract until after the Euros, but if he decides to stay on, it seems that the FA would be happy to accommodate that wish.
England’s Euros campaign begins against Serbia on June 16, with Denmark and Slovenia as the other teams in Group C.
If Southgate remains beyond the expiration of his current contract in December, he will replace Sir Bobby Robson as England’s third-longest-serving manager, behind only Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Walter Winterbottom.