Gareth Southgate in the running to manage England at 2026 World Cup as FA seeks to retain him

Gareth Southgate hinted at the possibility of continuing as England’s manager beyond Euro 2024. The Football Association is reportedly eager for him to lead England at the 2026 World Cup.

Southgate stated that he will not make a decision about his future until after the upcoming tournament in Germany. While it was widely expected that he would step down after the tournament, there are indications that he might stay on.

Reports suggest that key figures within the FA want Southgate to stay for the 2026 World Cup. His contract has been extended by six months to allow for a “handing over period.”

The FA lacks obvious contenders to replace Southgate, with potential candidates facing their own challenges. Amid these considerations, there are concerns about the potential unpopularity of U21s head coach Lee Carsley as a successor to Southgate.

Southgate’s recent comments hinted at the possibility of his continuing as England’s manager beyond Euro 2024, stating that any decision regarding his future depends on England’s performance in the upcoming tournament. Southgate has made significant contributions to England’s success at major tournaments and has led reforms within the team.

He is a key figure at St. George’s Park and is known to be an advocate for player and coaching pathways. The FA is keen for him to continue in his role as England’s manager.

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