Gareth Southgate is successful as England's national coach and still has a contract up to and including the 2022 World Cup, but the Englishman is seriously considering that he will no longer stand for the group after the European Championship next year.
"That will very much depend on the results at the European Championships next summer," Southgate said on Monday at his Guardian press conference. "Especially after last week I feel that there are people who can fall against you or love you. If there is no more support for you, it can affect the team."
49-year-old Southgate is referring to the events of last week when he left Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling after a conflict with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez outside the selection for the European Championship qualifying match with Montenegro.
According to English media, that decision could not count on support from everyone in the player group. The public also took the side of Sterling, because Gomez was jeered by the public at Wembley during his raid on Montenegro.
Gareth Southgate and Joe Gomez, who got the hang of it with Raheem Sterling. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"The mood can change quickly in football"
Southgate, who was appointed as national coach at the end of 2016 and extended his contract up to and including the 2022 World Cup last year, has so far been very successful as a national coach. Under his leadership, England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years and 'The Three Lions' qualified for the final round of the Nations League.
"But in football the general mood can quickly change completely. I am that realistic," Southgate emphasized, realizing that the recent performance of England at the European Championships next year means that a lot is expected of his team.
"We have to accept that. Over the past eighteen months we have shown that we can cope well with expectations. We also did a great job in the European Championship qualification, but for me it is only important what comes next. really rated at the summer tournaments. "
England experienced a strong European Championship qualification, as the team won seven of the eight games and therefore finished at the top of Group A. The Czech Republic took second place, ahead of Kosovo, Bulgaria and Montenegro.