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Southgate says England contract situation not an issue amid Man Utd links

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate says his England contract situation is “not an issue” as he enters the final six months of his deal ahead of this summer’s European Championship.

Southgate has been in charge of the Three Lions since 2016 and will oversee his fourth major tournament in Germany, which kicks off in June.

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He reportedly considered leaving his post after the 2022 World Cup but opted to stay on but no announcement has been made on his future plans after his contract expires in December.

“Well, for me, it’s not an issue and never has been,” Southgate told the BBC.

“I have to deliver a successful tournament for England and there’s enough work involved in that.

“I think everybody would expect that’s where my focus should be.”

Red Devils rumours

The 53-year-old has been strongly linked with the Manchester United job, with current boss Erik ten Hag’s future under co-owner Jim Ratcliffe still uncertain after a torrid season.

Southgate played down those rumours, adding: “There will always be speculation about managers, because if you lose a couple of games, you’re in trouble – you win a couple of games and it is a different agenda.

“But for me, it [Euro 2024] is a brilliant opportunity. We’re looking forward to the tournament.

“My focus is on how do we go a step further than we went in the last Euros [when they were beaten on penalties in the final by Italy].”

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Cian Cheesbrough

Cian is a sports journalist with a wealth of experience writing for national titles, including LiveScore, MailOnline, Eurosport and Sky Sports. He has covered a number of key events during his time in the industry, including from the press box at live Champions League fixtures.

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