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Gareth Southgate not ready to discuss new England contract after knockout | England

Gareth Southgate has hinted at his reluctance to extend his contract beyond the World Cup in Qatar, saying he does not want to overstay his welcome after England’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Southgate is under contract until the World Cup, which begins in November 2022, and Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the Football Association, has made it clear that He wants to extend the England coach’s deal Until the 2024 European Championship in Germany.

The FA’s desire to keep Southgate was boosted by England’s arrival in their first major men’s final in 55 years. But on Monday, the 50-year-old remained cautious about his future, saying he needed to rest after his side were beaten on penalties by Italy at Wembley and revealing he needed to think before committing to a long-term deal.

“I don’t think now is the time to think about anything,” Southgate said. “We have to qualify for Qatar. I need some time to go away, watch the match again, and think about the whole tournament. I need a break. It’s an amazing experience but leading your country in these tournaments has a negative impact. I need a break now. I said on that.” Time It’s great to have that inner support You really appreciate it as a manager.

“But there’s also a lot to think about. It’s not about financing in any way or commitment. I don’t want to commit to anything longer than I should, and I never want to overstay welcome. So, all of these things need to be thought about before even thinking.” Sit down and talk. Since I’m sitting here today, I’d like to take the team to Qatar.”

Southgate, who may be tempted to return to management after the World Cup, believes England are still on the right track despite their failure in the final. arrived at The last four matches of the World Cup 2018, The Nations League semi-finals In 2019 they were on the verge of beating Italy.

Declan Rice covers his eyes at Wembley.  Gareth Southgate says:
Declan Rice covers his eyes at Wembley. “It’s too painful to get so close,” says Gareth Southgate. Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

“I feel like we’ve made progress over the four years,” Southgate said. “We got fourth, third and second place. It’s probably as good as any other team in Europe, except for those who have won championships themselves. For consistency, it’s there.

“We did a lot of things right and we know this team hasn’t reached its peak yet. But that doesn’t guarantee a win because we know how difficult it is to get back to the stage we reached on Sunday. That is why it is so painful to come close.”

England have a group of talented youngsters, but Southgate refused to talk about their chances of winning the world championship in Qatar. His focus is on rehabilitation. England top their group after winning their first three matches and will be back in action when they play qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland in September.

“When you’re in the sport and you get to the finals, you know those opportunities are very rare and you’re so close and you know what’s been picked up and you know you have to pick yourself up and go again and that’s hard by day,” Southgate said.

“I’ve given it all up and energy levels are low and feelings drained. We’ll be back again of course but sometimes it’s easy to say things like, ‘Oh, we can go to Qatar now and win.’ It’s a little fleeting, really. That’s a long ride, still has to be.” We have to qualify, and we still have steps to take.”

Southgate Condemned racial abuse Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted after the trio missed a penalty shootout during the penalty shootout against Italy.

“It is really unforgivable for some of them to be abused,” he said. “I know a lot has come from outside. The people who keep track of these things have been able to explain that. But not all of that. And that’s just not what we stand for. We have been the beacon of light in bringing people together.”

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