Gareth Southgate on Thursday signed to extend his current contract as England manager by two years. The new contract goes with increase in salary, £2.5m a year, and will take him till after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The contract extension confirms that officials were happy with him for taking England to the semi-finals of the World Cup – their best in 52 years since winning the cup on home soil in 1966.
It was also in Southgate era that England broke penalty shoot-out jinx in the World Cup.
The Three Lions even won a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time ever as they went further than any other England side since 1990.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments,” said Southgate in an official statement quoted by 90min publication, after signing his new deal.
“The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour. Experiencing at first-hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come.”
Southgate is set to name his squad for England’s UEFA Nations League double header next week, with Leicester’s James Maddison likely to get his first call-up.
The Three Lions face Croatia in Rijeka on October 11 and Spain in Seville four days later.