Unsurprisingly, England isn’t getting rid of manager Gareth Southgate anytime soon. After all, they just went to the semi-final of the World Cup. But on Thursday, Southgate would make it official. He’s staying on board through World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the FA confirms.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments,” he said after signing the new deal. “The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour. Experiencing at first-hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come.”
England got all the way to the semi-final this past summer. But they would run into Croatia, ultimately losing 2-1 in extra time. Now it’s time to look forward and build on that success. Folks will point to their easy path, and that’s fine. It’s their right to do so. But England still got to the semi-final. And in an international tournament — especially the World Cup — that’s never nothing.
Up next, Southgate and his side will take on Croatia next Friday in a UEFA Nations League match. Can they get revenge?