Gareth Southgate: England boss hopes to lead his squad to 2022 World Cup in Qatar

England manager Gareth Southgate has said he hopes to guide the team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but needs time to rest before considering contract talks.

He is under contract until after the 2022 Winter World Cup, and the Football Association is keen to renew his contract.

“As I sit here today, I would like to take the team to Qatar,” he said.

“Of course we have to qualify for Qatar. I need time to review last night’s game, to think about the tournament.

“I need a rest. It is an incredible experience to lead your country in these tournaments, but it is taking its toll.”

Southgate was visibly dejected as he addressed the media around 12 hours after England’s dramatic loss at Wembley in the country’s first men’s grand final since the 1966 World Cup.

He stressed that his desire not to rush contract negotiations was “not financial” and that it was “great” to have the “internal support” of the Football Association.

“There is a lot to think about,” he added. “I think we’ve improved in four years. We’ve done a lot well and we know this team is not yet at its peak.

“When you’re in the sport and you get to the final, those opportunities are so rare, so being close is very difficult the next day. You gave your all – the emotions are exhausted.

“We’ll be going back. It’s too easy to say that we can go to the World Cup in Qatar and win – it’s a bit offhand. We still have to qualify. You have to start the cycle over.

“But being able to work with these players every day has been fantastic, so when it comes to the end like it is now, it’s difficult.”

England had one of the youngest teams at Euro 2020, fueling hopes that some of the country’s young talents will develop further by the start of the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate disagreed when asked if England were ‘too nice’ to win the biggest tournaments, insisting that teams could not reach the final if they did .

“All this team can leave but the youngest are still two or four years from the peak,” he added.

“I know that looking back over the next few days, there are a lot of positives and these players will be much better for having scored so many victories and important benchmarks.”

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