Southgate talks new England deal and Qatar 2022
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England boss Gareth Southgate appeared on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday but he does not want to return for the 2022 awards show because it could clash with the World Cup final.
It is a year to the day that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will host its showpiece event and Southgate has every intention to still be in the tournament.
The 51-year-old guided England to their first major final this summer as the Three Lions painfully lost to Italy on penalties at Euro 2020.
One of the nation’s top performers was Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
The attacker chipped in with three important goals and has been nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year award.
But Southgate hopes he and Sterling are not in London in 12 months time.
“It would be lovely if we’re not here then,” Southgate quipped when asked about the World Cup.
Presenter Gabby Logan replied: “We’d quite like that.”
Southgate went on to praise Sterling, who also had a remarkable domestic year by winning the Premier League title with City, despite being forced out of the starting XI by Phil Foden in the final few weeks of the season,
“He’d had a disappointing end for him in terms of the end of the season and we had a highly motivated player,” Southgate explained.
“He had that sense of destiny being at Wembley so close to where he had been born, that hunger to show people what he can do. He was phenomenal.”
The BBC showed a two-part montage of England’s run to the Euro 2020 final and Southgate watched the loss to Italy with commentary for the first time.
He then added: “An amazing journey. You spend months thinking about what might have been.
“We took a whole country with us for a number of weeks. We had an incredible year and the players did a brilliant job.
“We know we’re progressing. They’ve seen what’s possible and got close enough to feel the hunger.
“It’s in our hands and we’re in the mix but we have to be at your best. The competition is really tight.”
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