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England bosses are worried Gareth Southgate will QUIT as manager

Daniel Marland

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England bosses are worried Gareth Southgate will QUIT as manager

The English FA are worried Gareth Southgate will leave his role as England manager no matter how well they do at this winter's World Cup.

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Despite leading the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final, pressure is mounting on the 52-year-old.

Friday's 1-0 defeat to Italy means England are on a five game winless streak, their worst run since 2014, as well as 450 minutes without a goal from open play.

Southgate signed a new contract last November but there are fears he will walk away from the job according to the Daily Mail.

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Image Credit: Alamy

The Daily Mail claim Southgate could walk away no matter how well England perform in Qatar.

England are expected to have a strong tournament and are one of the favourites to win it.

Giacomo Raspadori's second half effort at the San Siro was enough to condemn England to defeat and Nations League relegation.

Southgate was asked about his status as manager ahead of Monday's game with Germany and he admitted he's not protected by his current deal, which runs until 2024.

"I am not foolish," Southgate said per The Guardian. "My sole focus at the moment is to get the team right for tomorrow (the Germany game) and then we are focusing on a good performance and a good result.

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Image Credit: Alamy

"I know ultimately I will be judged on what happens at that World Cup.

"Contracts are irrelevant in football because managers can have three-, four-, five‑year contracts and you accept that, if results are not good enough it is time to go your separate ways. Why would I be any different?

"I am not arrogant enough to think that my contract is going to protect me in any way."

Fans appeared to boo Southgate at full-time three days ago, while midfielder Declan Rice claimed the team will 'come good' before their World Cup opener against Iran on November 21.

Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier could be restored to the side for the game against Germany, while John Stones returns from suspension too.

There is no place in the squad for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fikayo Tomori or the suspended Jack Grealish however.

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Topics: England, Gareth Southgate

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