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Gareth Southgate to remain England boss amid criticisms over World Cup ouster

Gareth Southgate has reportedly decided to stay on as England manager after he had considered leaving his role under mounting criticism.

Local reports from England have it that the 52-year old former Middlesbrough manager has not informed the English Football Association of his decision to remain in the job.

But the rescindment of his decision to continue will come as a soothing news to the English Football community as the FA had wanted Southgate and his assistant, Steve Holland to stay on.

Southgate's Three Lions side missed out on the chance to win their first trophy in fifty-six years after a bitter knock out from the quarterfinal stage of the World Cup by World Champions, France.

The paper reports that the England manager had previously decided that he would step down from the role, regardless of his team's performance in the Middle East, thinking that he was not sufficiently popular to remain in place.

Southgate had become disappointed with the reception he got from press and fans after England underwhelmed in last year's Nations League last summer, with a low point coming when Hungary beat England 4-0.

He had become worried that criticism coming his way was distracting his side and he was unsure if he should remain as manager. However England acquitted themselves well in Qatar, only being knocked out when they came up against one of the tournament's eventual finalists.

His current contract runs until the end of the 2024 Euros and qualifying for the tournament beging in March against Italy.

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