The upcoming World Cup, according to Jamie Carragher, should be Gareth Southgate’s final match in charge of England. Jamie Carragher has been speaking about Gareth Southgate’s tenure as manager of the national team.
On Thursday afternoon, Southgate announced the players who had been selected for his 26-man tournament roster. In 11 days, Iran will host the Three Lions’ opening match of the season.
The 52-year-old took over for Sam Allardyce, who lasted only one game and was still smarting from Roy Hodgson’s disastrous performance at Euro 2016. In the round of 16, Iceland defeated England.
Under Southgate’s direction, England advanced to the 2018 World Cup semifinals in Russia before losing the Euro 2020 championship game the previous year. Italy defeated the Three Lions at Wembley in a penalty shootout.
After his initial contract was slated to expire at the conclusion of this winter’s World Cup, Southgate agreed to a new one that would keep him in charge of the national team through 2024. The England manager still has two years left on his contract, but Carragher thinks he should use the Qatar tournament as his “swansong.”
In his Daily Telegraph column, he stated, “If I were Gareth Southgate, I would make the Qatar World Cup my swansong as England manager.”
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We can only hope that England will perform at a strong enough level to guarantee Southgate’s decision. The least he deserves after performing so well in his current role is to leave on his own terms when he decides the time is right.
Even if some of the hostility that has been directed at him in the lead-up to the tournament is a joke, he is smart enough to have noticed a change in attitude over the past few months.
Before the former Liverpool great continued, “Leaving the position would be the hardest choice of Southgate’s career, and I am sure his whole attention is on the coming month. To put an end to rumors before leaving for Qatar, he only signed an extension to 2024 last year.
“A reevaluation should naturally occur every four years to help a coach prepare for the upcoming World Cup. It is better to back off unless Southgate has the stamina for that.
“In the coming weeks, Southgate might persuade the skeptics a third time. In order to give Southgate the chance to quit his position with dignity, my aim for Qatar is that England will once more show interest in the competition up until the final week.