Gareth Southgate insists he will not quit England before Euro 2020 when asked about Manchester United speculation

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‘i love the job’

The 48-year-old took over the national side in September 2016 when he replaced Sam Allardyce

Gareth Southgate insists he would not walk away from England before Euro 2020.

Southgate led England to the World Cup semi-finals last year and has got them to the Nations League finals, which are this summer.

Gareth Southgate has a contract with England until 2022

Gareth Southgate has a contract with England until 2022

The 48-year-old has flourished with the national side since replacing Sam Allardyce in September 2016, following his abrupt exit.

This success saw him linked with the Manchester United job earlier this year after Jose Mourinho was sacked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to get the job on a full time basis after impressing at Old Trafford.

Southgate has flourished with the national side

Southgate has flourished with the national side

Southgate said he would not have taken the job at United with such an exciting year on the horizon.

“Well, first and foremost, I love the job I’m in,” Southgate said when that link to United was mentioned.

“I’m proud to be England manager. We’ve got a second semi-final coming this summer and a Euros at home – well, I say at home, the group stage is at home – so there is no way I’d be walking away from this.

“After those Euros, people might want me or might not want me, here or somewhere else.

Gareth Southgate replaced Sam Allardyce

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Gareth Southgate replaced Sam Allardyce

“You can’t look too far ahead in football. You’re quite right, I’m contracted to 2022 – or whenever that World Cup will finish! I don’t look any further than that.

“I’m sure at some point in my life, I’ll want to go back to club football because people will say, ‘oh well he did OK as an international manager, but he didn’t work as a club manager’.

“How could you when you step out the dressing room? What do you know, really, two years into your coaching career?

“I think at this point, at some stage in the distant future, I would want to do that, but I actually don’t know, because there might be something else more important in my life and I might be doing something completely different, I think it’s too hard.

“I’ve never quite understood in this game, people who have a coaching plan or a plan of where they want to go because I didn’t expect to be manager of Middlesbrough two days before I got offered it.

“I didn’t expect to be England senior manager six hours before I was offered it.

“How do you ever plot and predict where you stand and where you sit in the pecking order of jobs that might or might not be available?

“I think I just enjoy the role I’m in and try and fulfil that to the best of my ability.”

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