The FA tell Southgate and England targets they must achieve in next three years

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England have been given the target of three years to win a major tournament as the FA sets out its objectives for the future.

Presenting its ‘Time for Change’ strategy covering 2020 to 2024, the Football Association has said it hopes either the men or women’s side will be able to bring home a trophy by the end of the current cycle.

For Gareth Southgate that means England will be expected to win either the rescheduled Euro 2020 competition, World Cup 2022 in Qatar or Euro 2024 in Germany.

For the women’s team, incoming manager Sarina Wiegman will be eyeing Euro 2022 or the 2023 World Cup for a shot at glory.

“Nothing would unite the country more than celebrating a major tournament victory by a senior England team,” according to FA CEO Mark Bullingham.

“We must create the best chance for this to happen, through world class support and a seamless player pathway.

“To achieve our ambition by 2024, we'll strive to deliver the best possible international team operations, coaching and development environment at St. George’s Park.

“Continue to work with our partners in the game to enhance a talent pathway that gives players the best development opportunities; and foster an inclusive and empowering culture among winning England teams."

Southgate memorably led England to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Three Lions suffered a heart-breaking extra time defeat to Croatia.

England also finished third in the inaugural Nations League competition in 2019 and are among the favourites for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament which is scheduled to take place this summer.

Dutch manager Wiegman takes over the women's team from Phil Neville in September 2021, having previously led the Netherlands to victory in the 2017 Euros and runners up in the 2019 World Cup final.

The Lionesses reached back-to-back World Cup semis in 2015 and 2019 and hope to improve on those performances in Australia and New Zealand.

They will also look to win a first ever European Championship when they host the delayed tournament in 2022.

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