Southgate in no rush to extend England contract


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In Summary

  • Gareth Southgate has had "initial discussions" over extending his England manager contract but for now is only "focusing on the job in hand".
  • Southgate, 48, led England to the World Cup semi-finals this summer, their best performance since 1990.
  • Meanwhile, England forward Harry Kane is to be rested by manager Gareth Southgate for Tuesday's friendly against Switzerland.

Gareth Southgate has had “initial discussions” over extending his England manager contract but for now is only “focusing on the job in hand”.

Southgate, 48, led England to the World Cup semi-finals this summer, their best performance since 1990.

His contract, understood to be worth £1.8m a year, runs until summer 2020.

In August, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said he would like to extend Southgate’s stay beyond the European Championships that year.

Before Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland in Leicester, Southgate was asked whether he would like to lead England at the World Cup in 2022.

He said: “This summer was an incredible experience for everybody, so they are the games that everyone wants to be involved in. But beyond that I don’t want to get into details because that will be a distraction.

“My focus most importantly is on tomorrow night, and building this team to be as competitive as it can be, to keep improving them.

“At the moment we have had initial discussions but that has been it. I am contacted for the next 22 months. For me, I have to focus on the job in hand.”

Meanwhile, England forward Harry Kane is to be rested by manager Gareth Southgate for Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland.

The Tottenham striker, 25, who scored six goals and won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in the summer, has started 61 matches in all competitions since the start of last season.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Colombia vs England - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 3, 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane celebrate after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football – World Cup – Round of 16 – Colombia vs England – Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia – July 3, 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane celebrate after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“I thought this is a good opportunity to do it,” Southgate said.

Kane’s Spurs team-mate Dele Alli has withdrawn from the squad with a minor muscle strain.

England face Switzerland in Leicester after three straight defeats and have never lost four consecutive matches.

As many as nine changes are expected from the side that started the 2-1 Nations League loss to Spain, with Eric Dier confirmed as captain of a team set to feature the likes of Jack Butland, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph, James Tarkowski and Danny Welbeck.

“Harry falls in the category in which we have several players where we have to watch how much they play,” said Southgate.

“It was a short break with no pre-season and everybody was back earlier than I am sure everybody would have expected for club matches, although that is entirely understandable.

“We talked a bit after the World Cup about the demands of the modern player. Everybody has got to play a part in that but the clubs own the player and they have got to do the right thing for themselves.”

Southgate has brought in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray from the Under-21s for the Switzerland game.

Left-back Chilwell, 21, and forward Gray, 22, could both make international debuts on their home ground.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw left the camp earlier following the concussion he suffered in a nasty collision with Spain’s Dani Carvajal at Wembley on Saturday.

He had reported to St George’s Park for monitoring but was released back to his club after showing no ill effects.

England’s defeat by Spain was their first match since losing the third-place play-off match to Belgium at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Courtesy- BBC Online

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