Confidential at the World Cup: Gareth Southgate privately called the World Cup his last dance
Gareth Southgate privately called the World Cup his last dance and fully expected it to be his last tournament as England boss before being convinced to stay for Euro 2024… Sportsmail’s MARTIN SAMUEL tells WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL
England fans were in high spirits when the FA announced on Sunday morning that Gareth Southgate would remain as manager.
The 52-year-old, who has led the Three Lions since 2016, was reflecting on his future after losing to France in the World Cup quarter-finals.
However, after consulting those closest to him and being urged by his players to carry on, Southgate told the FA his intention to remain England boss and will now guide the team through their Euro 2024 campaign.
Since taking over from Sam Allardyce, Southgate has guided the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, the final of Euro 2020 and the round of 16 in Qatar, but pressure had mounted on him in the build-up to the tournament after England fell into their tournament had not won previous six games.
And in today’s World Cup confidentiality, our author Martin Samuel argued Southgate traveled to Qatar last month with full expectations of leaving after the tournament.
Our writers Martin Samuel, Rob Draper, Ian Ladyman and Oliver Holt spoke at sports mail and MailPlus’ daily videocast “World Cup Confidential”.
It appears on MailOnline every morning of the tournament and can be found on our YouTube channel.
Gareth Southgate remains England boss and will lead the EURO 2024 campaign
After England’s World Cup exit to France, there was much speculation about his future
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