England were the betting favorites to topple Italy in Sunday’s UEFA European Championship final but fell via a penalty shootout defeat.
Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate received some criticism for not actively pursuing a second goal after Luke Shaw opened the scoring in the second minute of Sunday’s contest, but the boss said Monday he wants to keep his job through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that begins Nov. 21 of next year.
“I don’t think now is an appropriate time to be thinking about it,” Southgate responded when asked about potentially signing a new contract, per Sky Sports. “We have to qualify for Qatar. I need time to go away and reflect on Euro 2020. I need a rest.
“It is an amazing experience but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll. I said at the time it is great to have that internal support, you greatly value that as a manager. I don’t want to commit to anything longer than I should and I don’t want to outstay my welcome so all of those things need consideration. I want to take the team to Qatar, I feel we have made progress over the four years, we have had a fourth, a third and a second-placed finish and that is as good as anyone.”
Sky added that Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham wants to extend Southgate’s deal through Euro 2024, but the coach’s comments suggest he could step down following next year’s World Cup. Southgate guided England to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and has been linked in rumors with a return to club football.
He previously served as manager of Championship side Middlesbrough.