Gareth Southgate’s contract talks are imminent

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Gareth Southgate will maintain talks with the Football Association in the approaching weeks on whether or not he needs to lengthen his England contract after the top of the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate has performed a improbable job since taking on the three lions in 2016 and main his aspect to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 remaining, the place they misplaced to Italy on penalties. England superior to the Nations League remaining 2019, the place they completed in third place.

Despite this success, Southgate has at all times marveled at its future after subsequent yr’s World Cup.

He spoke forward of England’s World Cup qualifier in opposition to Hungary on Tuesday and revealed that the dialogue on a brand new settlement would happen instantly.

“I think I said last month that I had asked to be told [contract talks] later in the fall because I just wanted to focus on those games and also give myself time to make the right decision, says Southgate.

“After the euro, there is a large feeling and feeling and tiredness of going via such a event. I need to be sure that I make the appropriate determination for the appropriate motive. We have fortunately parked it in the mean time.

“The discussions are very open and Mark Bellingham [FA chief executive] has been really supportive but I have really felt that this task – to get the country to the World Cup – was a priority. We can look at everything in the coming weeks. “

Automatic qualification is at the moment within the palms of England. They prime Group I, 4 factors forward of Albania within the second and 5 forward of Poland within the third. They nonetheless need to face Hungary, Albania and San Marino, with victories in two of those matches sufficient to ensure progress to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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