Gareth Southgate has been awarded a two-year contract extension after leading England to the Euro 2020 final, the Football Association announced on Monday.

Southgate, who organized Russia’s 2018 World Cup semi-finals, have turned the team into a fierce rivalry after years of incompetence.

Recent reports suggest that the 51-year-old is set to sign a new contract, which is due to be finalized after Qatar’s World Cup next year.

The FA said in a statement: “Gareth Southgate and (assistant) Steve Hollande are pleased to announce the signing of a new contract until December 2024.

“Southgate, who has been in charge for five years at the end of this month, managed to make a big difference by helping England reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup and third place in the Europa League before reaching the men’s final in 55 years.

The new deal means the UK boss will oversee Euro 2024 qualifying in Germany.

“Steve and I are delighted to be able to extend our stay in each of our roles,” said the former Middlesbrough boss. “Leading this team continues to be an incredible opportunity.”

“We have a great opportunity ahead of us and I know they and their supporters are all excited about what this team can achieve in the future,” he added.

Southgate replaced Roy Hodgson, a former England international in 2016, following the humiliation of losing at least 16 Iceland in Euro 2016.

The young team advanced to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia and lost 2-1 to Croatia in extra time.

The Southampton side combined their impressive attacking ability with a strong defensive side to nullify this year’s Euro 2020 trophy drought, but suffered a defeat at Wembley in Italy.

England finished top of their group with a 10-0 win over San Marino at the World Cup in Qatar last week.

England, the only major trophy winner in the 1966 World Cup, is expected to face a tough test at next year’s World Cup, with a host of young players with incredible experience under the belt.

Their challenges can be complicated by lack of preparation time.

The Premier League has announced that it will end its season after the weekend of November 12-13, with the World Cup set to begin a week later.

Most pre-tournament camps allow time for many warm-ups, but Southgate does not expect a friendly before the World Cup.



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