England: Gareth Southgate extends until 2024


England manager Gareth Southgate has extended his contract until the end of 2024. The latter, whose contract expired at the end of July, led the team for a period « where she progressed« , taking England »in the semi-final of the World Cup (and in) the final at the Euro this summer« , underlined the English Federation in its press release.

The technician will celebrate his 5 years in office at the end of the month. The qualification, obtained at the beginning of the month for the World Cup-2022 in Qatar, made it possible to finalize this widely anticipated extension. He will also be in charge of the English selection for Euro-2024, whose qualifications begin in March 2023. « It remains an incredible privilege to lead this team.« Southgate commented, quoted in the statement.

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« We have a great opportunity ahead of us and I know that (the players) and the supporters are all excited for what this team can achieve in the future.Southgate, 51, had taken over as head of the A team in 2016 to take over the interim after Sam Allardyce, fired after just two months on suspicion of corruption, and afterwards a humiliating elimination by Iceland (2-1) in the round of 16 of Euro-2016. He had carried out a rejuvenation of the team, notably without Wayne Rooney, to rely on players that he had led in Espoirs – his previous position – and who are still unwavering executives of his team today, like goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

His composure, his communicative qualities and his humility quickly conquered authorities, players and the general public, even if his game, sometimes considered a little cautious, given the incredible offensive potential of England, sometimes saddens commentators. But his results speak for him and have made disappear the image of cursed hero that he dragged since Euro-1996. An irremovable defender of an England team hosting the competition, he missed the decisive shot on goal against Germany in the semi-final at Wembley. A trauma that he was able to overcome to make England a stronghold in world football and one of the favorites for the upcoming competition in Qatar.

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