Gareth Southgate is already the second most successful manager in the history of the England national team. You wouldn’t know it by the way he’s talked about, however.

Let’s start with the facts before truly opening that can of worms, though.

Southgate has led the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final – only Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson have managed that. He then led them to the final of the European Championships – no England manager had managed that. Everyone got that? Ok, cool.

Reports began circling on Friday – mere hours prior to England’s 5-0 win over Albania – that Southgate was close to agreeing a new deal which would run until the end of Euro 2024.

There were big questions over why this was necessary before World Cup qualification has even officially been secured, but Southgate has enough stock that even a poor campaign in Qatar shouldn’t be enough to oust him from the job.



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