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Friday, October 5, 2018

Gareth Southgate signs new contract, brings in new faces

England national team manager Gareth Southgate has signed a new deal which will keep him under contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup. Southgate and Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn announced the agreement, which also includes Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland, at a news conference on Thursday.
The former national team defender was widely praised after England reached the semi-finals at the World Cup in Russia before losing to Croatia in the last four. Southgate, who had two years left on his deal, will now lead England into the Euro 2020 tournament and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments,” said Southgate, 48, 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,” he added.
Southgate initially took over as caretaker manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce in September 2016 before being confirmed in the role. The FA lost their technical director Dan Ashworth last week after he opted to move to Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, and clearly did not want to risk Southgate departing before the next World Cup.
However, several England managers, including Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello, have left their positions before the end of their contracts. Glenn said: “Securing Gareth on a longer-term contract was always a priority for us. He has performed remarkably well and has given everyone the belief that England can compete on a world stage again,” he said.
Southgate also announced his squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games away to Croatia and Spain on October 12 and 15, with more young players given a chance. Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, Borussia Dortmund striker Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount, on loan at Championship (second tier) club Derby County from Chelsea, earned first call-ups to the senior squad.
Uncapped Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford, who has played just four minutes in the Premier League this season, was a surprise call-up, while Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, who has one cap, was recalled after coming back from injury. Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Adam Lallana, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all out with injuries.