Gareth Southgate signs £12m four-year deal as England put faith in boss

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Gareth Southgate has signed a new £3million-a-year contract that will see him remain as England manager until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

In a statement issued by the FA Southgate, who unveiled his latest England squad this afternoon, said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments. The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour.

‘Experiencing at first first hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come.

‘I must acknowledge the hard work and commitment of my staff and the players over the last two years. I have learned a great deal from them and their passion and professionalism in representing England has been an inspiration to my own work.

‘In particular, Steve Holland who I’m pleased to be continuing to work alongside through to 2022. I would also like to thank Martin (Glenn), Dan Ashworth and the FA board for their support since my original appointment.’

Southgate’s assistant Holland has also signed a new contract until 2022 and FA chief executive Glenn confirmed how keen the governing body was to tie them him down to a new deal after reaching the World Cup semi-final in July.

Glenn said: ‘Gareth has performed remarkably well and has given everyone the belief that England can compete on a world stage again.

‘He is also a tremendous ambassador for the organisation, our development teams and the wider work of the FA, although his focus is rightly solely on helping the elite team.

‘We wish him all the best for the rest of the UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifying next year which of course brings with it the exciting prospect of final round matches at Wembley.’

He added in the press conference: ‘People felt like the English team gave heart and soul to every minute, every match (at the World Cup).

‘We think Gareth and Steve Holland are the right people to lead us forward.

‘Aside from when he has gone out running, he’s hardly put a foot wrong!’ 

 

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