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Gareth Southgate on his future as England coach after FIFA World Cup exit: Need time to make correct decision

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England vs France, FIFA World Cup quarter-final: Gareth Southgate says that he needs time to make a correct decision about his future as England coach after his team crashed out of the World Cup.

UPDATED: Dec 11, 2022 08:43 IST

Gareth Southgate’s England crashed out of the World Cup in quarters. (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: England coach Gareth Southgate has refused to make any decision about his future in the heat of the moment after his team crashed out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the quarter-finals.

England lost to the defending champions France 1-2 on Saturday. England got a golden opportunity to make it 2-2 but captain Harry Kane missed the late penalty at Al Bayt Stadium.

“Whenever I finish these tournaments, you need time to make the correct decision. Emotionally, you are going through many different feelings,” Southgate said.

“The energy that it takes in these tournaments is enormous. I want to take the right decision, whatever that is, for the team. In the past my feelings have fluctuated in the immediate aftermath of tournaments.”

Southgate further said that he is proud of his team as they were “toe-to-toe” with the defending champions France. He added that England showed its character against a major nation and that young players have announced themselves on the world stage.

“They know how close they have come, they know they pushed a top nation all the way, they had more possession, more attempts on goal, I am very proud of how they have been – not only tonight but whole tournament,” Southgate said.

“Young players have announced themselves on the world stage, we showed a different side of ourselves in the way we played, we showed character to come back from going behind tonight.

“We have had consistent performances over three tournaments. Tonight is the best we have played against a major nation since I have been in charge, but we have fallen short. In the end, the scoreline is what matters.”

Meanwhile, Southgate heaped praise on France and said its coach Didier Deschamps has done a fantastic job. France will take on Morocco in the semi-final match.

“I can just compliment France and wish them good luck. They are a fantastic team. They have got some brilliant players and Didier has done a fantastic job. So congratulations to them,” Southgate said.

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