World Cup Confidential: Southgate called World Cup his last dance

Gareth Southgate privately called the World Cup his last dance and was fully expecting it to be his final tournament as England boss before being convinced to stay on for Euro 2024… Sportsmail’s MARTIN SAMUEL tells WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL

  • Gareth Southgate is set to remain as England manager through to Euro 2024
  • The FA confirmed the decision on Sunday after much speculation over his future
  • Southgate has overseen dramatic progress since taking on the role in 2016
  • However, Martin Samuel revealed Southgate had been expecting to depart
  • He had privately called the World Cup his last dance ahead of the tournament
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

There was much delight among England fans when the FA announced on Sunday morning that Gareth Southgate would be staying on as manager.

The 52-year-old, who has led the Three Lions since 2016, was considering his future after their World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of France. 

However, after consulting those closest to him and being urged to stay on by his players, Southgate communicated his intentions to the FA to remain as England boss and will now lead the team through their Euro 2024 campaign.

Since taking over from Sam Allardyce, Southgate has led the Three Lions to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, Euro 2020 final and the last eight in Qatar, but pressure had ramped up on him ahead of the tournament after England failed to win in their previous six games.

And in today’s World Cup confidential, Chief Sports Writer Martin Samuel says Southgate fully expected to depart following the tournament in the Qatar.

Martin Samuel, Rob Draper, Ian Ladyman and Oliver Holt were speaking as part of Sportsmail 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 is staying as England boss and will lead their Euro 2024 campaign

There had been much speculation over his future following England’s World Cup exit to France

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