Gareth Southgate considering England exit after World Cup elimination

Gareth Southgate is considering leaving his job as England’s manager.

England was knocked out of the World Cup by France on Saturday and Southgate wants time and space to make sure he makes the right decision.

Speaking after England’s quarter-final exit, Southgate said: “These tournaments take a lot out of you, and I need time to reflect. We’ve done that after every tournament and that’s the right thing to do.”

He added: “I don’t want to be four, five months down the line thinking I’ve made the wrong call. It’s too important for everybody to get that wrong.”

Southgate has never hidden the fact he wants to return to club management one day and if he was to leave England he would hope to land a top Champions League club in England or Europe.

The FA and England players want Southgate to stay until at least the European Championships in Germany in 2024. Last year, Southgate signed a two-year contract extension which expires after Euro 2024.

Southgate led England to its first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russia in 2018, going out in extra-time to Croatia, before a Euro 2020 final defeat on penalties to Italy in the summer of 2021.

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