Southgate expects England contract talks after World Cup qualification

Southgate expects England contract talks after World Cup qualification

After England secures a spot in next year's World Cup, Gareth Southgate expects talks about his future as the country's manager to resume.

Southgate's current contract is set to expire in Qatar in 2022, but it appears that he and Football Association officials want to keep working together.

In the meanwhile, Southgate said he's focused on qualifying, which he hopes to achieve in mid-November against Albania and San Marino, and heading into Tuesday's match against Hungary at Wembley, England leads Group I with four points.

"I think I said last month that I had asked to put that [contract talks] further back into the autumn as I just wanted to focus on these games and also to give the time to make the right decision," Southgate said.

"After the Euros, there is a huge amount of emotion and feeling and fatigue from going through a tournament like that. I want to make sure that I am making the right decisions for the right reasons.

"We have happily parked that for the time being. The discussions are very much open and [FA chief executive] Mark Bullingham has been really, really supportive.

"But I have really felt this task of getting the country to the World Cup was the priority. We can look at everything in the next few weeks."

Southgate was appointed England manager in November 2016 and signed a new four-year contract after leading his team to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as well as a trip to the final of Euro 2020.

After the World Cup, there have been talks that he would return to club management.