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Southgate to discuss contract with FA ‘in next few weeks’

England manager Gareth Southgate will hold talks with the FA “in the next few weeks” to discuss whether he wants to sign a new contract.

Southgate’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the World Cup finals in Qatar in December next year.

The FA want him to sign a new contract after he led England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and the final of the Euros this summer but they are aware he feels he has unfinished business as a club manager.

“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.

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Southgate says the level of scrutiny around his selection decisions is a mark of the strength in depth they have within the England squad

“We have happily parked that for the time being.

“The discussions are very much open and Mark Bellingham [FA chief executive] has been 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.”

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Highlights of the World Cup qualifier between Andorra and England

Southgate signed a four-year contract when he was appointed England manager in November 2016.

After the 2018 World Cup he signed a new improved four-year deal.

Southgate was the FA’s head of elite development between January 2011 and July 2012 and England U21 manager from August 2013 until September 2016.

His only club management job was at Middlesbrough between 2006 and 2009.

How to follow England’s World Cup Qualifiers

England take on Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday, October 12 (kick-off 7.45pm) and you can follow the game via our live minute-by-minute on both the Sky Sports app and website, with free match highlights also available on both platforms from 11pm.

The free-to-watch highlights will be available on the Sky Sports website and app, as well as the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, from 11pm.

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Southgate: Unvaccinated players swayed by ‘conspiracy theories’

Gareth Southgate says some footballers are not vaccinated against Covid-19 because they are swayed by conspiracy theories on social media.

The England manager presented a video after Euro 2020 urging people to get vaccinated and was abused online as a result.

The uptake of the vaccine among professional footballers has been sporadic, with Southgate admitting he is unsure how many of his current England squad have received both doses.

“I think within the age group and age range (of his players) – I don’t have all the data and statistics – I would sense that younger people are at a different scale in terms of uptake to older people,” he said.

“They seem to be more susceptible to social media posts or living their lives on social media, where a lot of those theories maybe abound. We might just talk to our GP and do things that way.

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Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett confirms that Kieran Trippier is set to captain England against Andorra in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

“But look, who knows, I could be sitting here in five years’ time and have been wrong. With some of the other issues it’s been very clear what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve been willing to speak about that, but could I 100 per-cent say that the vaccination programme is safe? Well, I couldn’t because I’m not a chemist and I’m not a doctor and I’m not a scientist.

“I would imagine we wouldn’t be in the position we are on the mass vaccination programme without research having happened and without governments and medical people being totally sure, so I am comfortable in taking that risk.”

While footballers – particularly those in and around the England squad of late – have raised awareness and fought against racism, anti-discrimination and other topics, most remain private when it comes to the vaccination programme.

Southgate does not blame them and pointed to an example of the abuse he received for supporting the NHS vaccination drive as a reason why some may be put off.

“I recognise that others might feel less comfortable and have some anxiety,” he added. “That’s why it’s a bit more complicated and I guess that would be why perhaps they might feel less confident about speaking up.

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Sly Sports News’ Rob Dorsett explains why UEFA are satisfied the game between Andorra and England will do ahead despite a fire which burned down the media gantry and damaged part of the 4G pitch at the principality’s National Stadium.

“If you’re receiving messages when you support the programme that say ‘You could be up in front of a Nuremberg type trial in 10 years’ and people are quite vicious with comments, it does make you think twice about speaking out.

“Because what if you are on the wrong side? At the moment I couldn’t be sure I am on the right side. I am comfortable that I’ve had the vaccine.

“I’m comfortable that I think it was the right thing to do a video for the NHS. But I also recognise that others might not be so keen to put themselves in that situation.

“With racism they are absolutely clear. They know what they have lived through and experienced as a team.

“At their age they are more open to some of these conspiracy theories because they are reading social media more, they are perhaps more vulnerable to those sort of views. From what I can see there is a bit of confusion around.”

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Southgate says the confidence within his England squad has grown significantly during his five years in charge.

Southgate also suggested medical confidentiality is the basis for his players not publicly sharing their Covid vaccination status.

The Three Lions are preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary during the seventh international get-together since coronavirus changed the landscape.

This camp comes amid fresh scrutiny about vaccination rates within football and as organisers of the Qatar World Cup are reportedly planning to ban unvaccinated players.

The players have given little indication of their vaccination status in media activity since joining up with the squad at St George’s Park and Southgate insists it is not up to him or the Football Association to instruct the squad on whether they should reveal their stance on vaccines.

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Will Andorra’s pitch impact England?

“There’s a thing called medical confidentiality which seems to be being totally overlooked in a lot of areas at the moment,” he said on the eve of the Andorra fixture.

“These aren’t our players. I don’t think the clubs would thank us for sharing that sort of information and frankly, it is personal to the players. I’m sure you have GDPR at your workplace, you’ll be conscious of all of that.

“Our doctor over the last year and a half has always spoken to the players about the current situation in terms of infection in the country.

“He’s always explaining the benefits of vaccination in that context. But no, we of course have had to deal with many different topics, but also we have to prepare a team to play football.

“We’re here to play football. The players are here to play football. We can’t really have much impact over the next two or three days – we certainly can’t jab everybody over the next two or three days.

“I’ll always speak to the players about anything in their lives. But we are here to win football matches first and foremost.

“Look, everybody knows where I stand on the subject. To move out of a pandemic, the only way was a vaccination programme and I think that was essential.

“There is then the complication that there are lots of individual circumstances around that and I understand that some people would be anxious, perhaps.”

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Gareth Southgate home: England manager’s £3.75m mansion in North Yorkshire is stunning

Gareth Southgate home: England manager’s £3.75m mansion in North Yorkshire is stunning

England boss Gareth Southgate will be standing nervously on the sidelines while England takes on Italy in the Euro 2020 Final this evening at 8pm BST. But when he’s not leading the England team to victory, Gareth can be seen entering and exiting his huge mansion located in North Yorkshire. The former Middlesbrough FC player, 50, lives in a beautiful Grade-I listed property known as Swinsty Hall.

The 16th-century building includes what appears to be original brickwork and sprawling grounds.

The England manager’s home is also located next to Swinsty Reservoir, near Harrogate, where he is regularly seen walking his dogs and running, according to the BBC.

Gareth shares his home with his wife Alison and their two children.

The home reportedly features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private cinema and a wine cellar.

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Back in 2019, Gareth said he loved people’s attitude in Yorkshire and loves returning home after matches to “clear my head”.

In an interview with Welcome to Yorkshire, Gareth was asked what he loved about the county.

He said: “The people and their hardworking, no nonsense attitude, good values, honesty and humility that really shines through.

“All things I associate with. I also love to come away from matches, to the calm of living in the countryside and being able to clear my head.”

“He seems very committed to everything he does and is a good part of the local community.

“He’s just like a regular guy in the neighbourhood who you’d love to have a chat with.”

Gareth grew up in Crawley, West Sussex and attended Hazelwick School.

He married his wife Alison in July 1997 in a small village in West Sussex called Worth.

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England boss Gareth Southgate condemns racist abuse of Saka, Rashford and Sancho

England boss Gareth Southgate condemns racist abuse of Saka, Rashford and Sancho

Gareth Southgate describes the racist abuse suffered by England’s attacking trio Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho as “unforgivable” following their missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final last night. The three forwards were brave enough to step up and take a spot-kick but failed to score as Italy were crowned champions.

The Manchester United duo were summoned from the bench for the penalty shootout but failed to dispatch with the stakes high.

Rashford saw his penalty hit the post before Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Sancho after diving to his left.

Arsenal youngster Saka also saw his penalty saved after Jordan Pickford saved Jorginho’s tame effort to hand England a lifeline.

All three players were sent monkey emojis on social media following the penalty shootout with nobody being held accountable, once again.

Now Southgate has defended his players and highlighted how proud he is of their efforts.

“I’m not totally across everything but my first thoughts this morning are with the boys that have done so well for us. The players have had such a great togetherness and spirit and brought our country together,” he said.

“For some of them to be abused is unforgivable. Some of it has come from abroad, we have been told this, but some of it is from this country. We have been a beacon of light to bring people together and the national team stands for everybody.

“We felt the energy and positivity from the fans and i’m incredibly proud of that.”

Southgate Penalty decisions are on me

Gareth Southgate took responsibility for England’s penalty shootout defeat, saying the decisions made were entirely down to him.

It was a painfully familiar story for England at Wembley. They drew 1-1 with Italy across 120 minutes, leading to the dreaded penalties to decide the winner of Euro 2020.

It began well, but misses from Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and 19-year-old Bukayo Saka saw Italy claim their second European Championship title, leaving England heartbroken once again as they were beaten 3-2 in the shootout.

After the game, England manager Southgate took full responsibility for the penalty shootout, having chosen the line-up.

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There were contrasting emotions for England and Italy fans following the dramatic penalty shootout at Wembley

When asked what he would say to Saka, Southgate replied: “That it’s down to me. I chose the penalty takers based on what we’ve done in training and nobody is on their own. We’ve won together as a team and it’s absolutely on all of us in terms of not being able to win the game tonight.

“But in terms of the penalties, that’s my call and totally rests with me.

“We had two [penalty takers] go off earlier in the game, so that’s why we made the changes that we did. We’ve tracked what they’ve done with their clubs over a long period of time and what they’ve shown in training as well so that’s the process that worked for us in Russia and the Nations League, but tonight, it hasn’t quite worked.

England's manager Gareth Southgate embraces Bukayo Saka after he failed to score a penalty during a penalty shootout after extra time during of the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley
England’s manager Gareth Southgate embraces Bukayo Saka after his missed penalty

“We were well prepared and started well, but unfortunately, the guys weren’t able to convert tonight. They can’t look at themselves in terms of how they practised because they couldn’t do that anymore or any better.

“[Saka] is such a super boy, he’s so popular with the whole group. He’s had an incredible tournament and he’s a star, and he will continue to be a star.

“In a final tonight as well, he performed exceptionally well when he came into the game. We’ve got to be there to support and help him, but I’m sure he’ll get a lot of love from outside from the way he’s established himself in this tournament.”

Although the evening ended in another penalty shootout heartbreak, Southgate wants his players to proud of their efforts at Euro 2020.

England's Kalvin Phillips and Luke Shaw comfort teammate Bukayo Saka after he failed to score a penalty during a penalty shootout after extra time during of the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley
An emotional Bukayo Saka was embraced by his team-mates after his penalty

He told the BBC: “We’re hugely disappointed because firstly, the players have been an absolute credit. They’ve given everything they possibly could tonight, they’ve run themselves into the ground. At times, they played really well and at times, we didn’t keep the ball quite well enough, especially at the beginning of the second half.

“But they can’t have any recriminations. They’ve been a joy to work with and they’ve gone further than we have for so long, but tonight, it is incredibly painful in that dressing room… You have to feel that disappointment because the opportunities to win trophies like this are so rare in your life.

“But when they reflect on what they’ve done, they should be very proud of themselves.”

Winning coach Mancini lost for words

Italy manager Roberto Mancini with the The Henri Delaunay Cup following the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley
Italy manager Roberto Mancini with the Euro 2020 trophy after victory at Wembley

Italy head coach Roberto Mancini added yet another trophy to his cabinet, completing a sensational turnaround of the national team, who failed to qualify for the World Cup three years ago.

“It was impossible even to just consider this at one stage, but the guys were just amazing. I have no words for them, this is a wonderful group. This was a difficult game made a lot harder after their early goal. Apart from that early spell, we dominated the match.

“We are delighted for people and the Italian public because they really deserve this after what has been a trying period. This is great joy for us.

“Winning the European Championship for the first time since 1968 and bringing home the trophy I do think it is something incredible.

England manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane (left) are dejected following the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium
Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett and Jess Creighton question the timings of Gareth Southgate’s substitutions in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy

“It (crying) was the emotion which happens after achieving something incredible. It was the emotion of seeing the guys celebrate and the fans in the stands.

“Seeing everything we have managed to create, all of the hard work we have put in over the last three years but specifically the last 50 days which have been very hard.

“It’s the fact we have been able to forge this team spirit over the last 50 days, they have really created something which can never be separated going forward. They will always be synonymous with this triumph.

“You have to have a little luck on penalties. I feel a little sorry for England, because they also had a great tournament. The team has grown a lot and I think we can improve further. We are very happy for all Italians. I have no words for these guys!”

How the players reacted

England's Harry Kane applauds the fans following defeat in the penalty shoot-out to Italy
Sky Sports News’ Jess Creighton says the England squad have ‘done something magical’ by uniting the nation with their performances at Euro 2020

England captain Harry Kane to the BBC: “The boys couldn’t have given more. Penalties are the worst thing in the world when you lose them. It’s been a fantastic tournament, we should be proud and hold our heads up high, but it’s going to hurt now. It’s going to hurt for a while, but we’re on the right track and we’re building. Hopefully we can progress next year.

“We played against a very good side and got off to the perfect start. We maybe dropped a little bit too deep, sometimes when you score that early, it’s easy to soak up the pressure and hold onto that. They had a lot of the ball, but we looked fairly in control.

“We didn’t create too many chances, they got the breakthrough from a set piece and after that, it was probably 50/50. We had a few half chances in extra time and then penalties are penalties. We went through our process and the boys did everything they could, but it just wasn’t our night.

“Anyone can miss a penalty. We win together, we lose together and we’ll grow from it. It will give us more motivation to do well in the World Cup next year.”

Italy lift the Euro 2020 trophy after beating England in the final

Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini to ITV: “It was a tough game, we started in the worst way possible, with England scoring after two minutes. The fans, all of the stadium, gave their energy to England, but we were quiet and calm and then we started to lead the match from 15 minutes and started to play. We found the right passes, controlled the game and that was the way to win. It’s a dream come true, it’s magic. We are more than happy.”

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci: “We were special in that we believed right from day one when we all joined up. There was a different feeling in the air and it’s come to pass. It’s incredible how, day after day, we never got tired of spending time together. Normally, you can’t wait for something to end when it was so long, but we had this burning desire to carry on. It’s incredible.

“We [Bonucci and Chiellini] have been waiting for this moment from 2012. We were a step away, but we’ve been chasing after it. But we believed we could get it done.”

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saves from England's Jadon Sancho during the penalty shoot out following the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the shootout hero for Italy

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma: “We have done something extraordinary. We are happy. We didn’t give up a millimetre. You all know where we started from. We are a fantastic team and we deserve it.

“The goal we conceded at the very start could have done for us, but we are not a team that gives up. It wasn’t easy but we were spectacular, great. We dominated for a large part of the game. We deserve all this.”

Podcast: Heartbreak for England, but glass is half full | Euro 2020 final review

It was penalty shootout heartbreak again for England and Gareth Southgate in a crushing Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

Alice Piper is joined by Pete Smith and Gerard Brand to reflect on a dramatic Euro 2020 final, with England unable to mark their progress with the silverware.

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England boss Gareth Southgate must do two things before Italy match – Jose Mourinho

England boss Gareth Southgate must do two things before Italy match - Jose Mourinho

“It was a big decision for England to stick with Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice — a very strong statement which said, ‘We are not here to entertain, we are not here to be an amazing football team’.

“It’s a big lesson for some people who think the most important thing in football is to be beautiful. In the end, we realise what this country wants most is to win the Euros.

“If everyone was expecting Rice to start, it was not even 100 per cent sure that Phillips would be in the squad. But he has become fundamental to England.

“Then, Jordan Henderson shows what a captain is. A captain of Liverpool, he does not need an armband to be a captain for England. He’s there to come on when the team needs fresh legs and stability.

“It’s not easy to stop Italy playing but it’s easier to stop them creating, by being compact, having a lower defensive block.

“What is difficult is to control possession. If Jorginho is playing for Chelsea and your No 10 presses him, it’s difficult for them.