Gareth Southgate makes big England future admission amid Manchester United links

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Gareth Southgate has been speaking about his England future - amid ongoing links with the Manchester United job should Erik ten Hag be sacked.

Ten Hag is still awaiting his fate, more than two weeks after he led United to FA Cup glory at Wembley over rivals Manchester City. The club is currently undergoing a review of the season with there yet to be clarification over whether Ten Hag will remain in post.

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A number of potential options have been linked in recent weeks and months including the England boss Southgate. Southgate, who has consistently said he won’t speak to anybody about his future until after the finals in Germany, is hoping to lead England to Euro 2024 glory. The competition starts on Friday, with England among the favourites for the tournament.

Southgate, speaking to German publication Bild, said: “If we don’t win, I probably won’t be here anymore. Then it might be the last chance. I think about half of the national coaches leave after a tournament – that’s the nature of international football.

“I’ve been here for almost eight years now and we’ve come close. So, I know that you can’t keep standing in front of the public and saying ‘please do a little more’, because at some point people will lose faith in your message.

“If we want to be a big team and I want to be a top coach, then you have to deliver in the big moments.”

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The England boss was also asked about his contract status and whether he could have signed an extension to his current deal before the Euros get underway. He said: “No. The reason is that there would have been more criticism, which would have put more pressure on the team.

“England did that once before with Fabio Capello, and there was a big drama before the tournament. It’s better to check yourself after the tournament.”

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