Gareth Southgate Signs New Contract – Can He Guide England to World Cup Glory?
England manager Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract, keeping him in the role until December 2024.
The 51-year-old’s previous contract was due to expire after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but he will now lead the team into the 2024 UEFA European Championship.
Southgate guided England all the way to the Euro 2020 final back in July. Although the Three Lions lost to Italy on penalties, he is seen as the right man to take the team forward.
With the Qatar showpiece less than 12 months away, let’s check out England’s odds to win the 2022 World Cup.
Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup Winner Odds
According to many of the leading soccer betting sites, England is among the favorites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
England last won the World Cup all the way back in 1966. Since then, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy, France, and Spain have all lifted the trophy at least once.
Can Southgate and co. finally end England’s 56-year wait for glory?
What Has Southgate Achieved as England Manager So Far?
It’s fair to say that plenty of England fans were not excited about Southgate’s appointment back in November 2016.
The former Middlesbrough boss was promoted from his role as England U21 manager to the senior side after Sam Allardyce was forced to resign due to a corruption scandal.
However, Southgate gradually began to get the fans on board.
- 2018 FIFA World Cup: Fourth place
- 2018-19 UEFA Nations League: Third place
- 2020 UEFA European Championship: Runner-up
Fast-forward to today – the likeable coach has taken his team to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final, along with a third-place finish in the Nations League.
The Three Lions booked their place at the 2022 World Cup with a colossal 10-0 victory over San Marino earlier this month, emphasizing their ability.
As a result, Southgate’s win percentage as England managers sits at a hugely impressive 64.7%.
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Has Southgate taken England as far as he can? Or will he go one better next year and lead his team to World Cup glory?
How Far Can Southgate Take England?
There is no denying that England is capable of winning the 2022 World Cup under Southgate’s watch.
After reaching the semi-finals of the previous World Cup, the Three Lions came agonizingly close to winning Euro 2020. As it stands, they are on course to peak in Qatar.
Rising stars such as Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Reece James, and Jude Bellingham are already among the best players in the world. Just imagine how good they will be in a year’s time!
◉ Phil Foden— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 14, 2021
◉ Jadon Sancho
◉ Callum Hudson-Odoi
◉ Emile Smith Rowe
◉ Conor Gallagher
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Ultimately, the talent at Southgate’s disposal is mind-boggling. The manager has an outrageous pool of players to choose from, meaning even some of the top EPL stars can’t break into his squad.
Even if the Three Lions fall short in Qatar, they have Euro 2024 to look forward to with Southgate at the helm.
That said, the manager and his players will head to next summer’s World Cup with one aim: to bring the trophy back to England for the first time since 1966!
If you’re not old enough to remember England’s last triumph, check out our detailed history of the FIFA World Cup to learn all about the past winners of the famous tournament.