The England boss admitted it is hard for him to part ways with the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate’s current contract at England runs until after the 2022 World Cup. The 51-year-old earns around £3m per year, but recent reports claim the English FA is close to extending his deal.
The manager has earned the FA’s trust after leading England to their first major tournament final in 55 years. The new contract reportedly guarantees Southgate’s stay until the next Euros while doubling his salary.
Ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino, Southgate spoke about his future at the national team.
“As a manager you want to work with good players,” he said. “You can challenge them in a different way.
“There aren’t a huge number of jobs out there and being the manager of England is a massive privilege, so of course I take that responsibility really responsibly. It means a lot to me to be in the position I am.”
England are only one point away from qualifying for the next year’s World Cup. The Three Lions will meet San Marino in their last qualifier on Monday.
The Qatar World Cup would be Southgate’s third major tournament. The former led Middlesbrough manager, who led England to the competition’s semi-finals in 2018, will look to finally ‘bring it home’ next year.