Southgate signs new deal as England coach through 2022

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 05, 2018 06:20 AM
Southgate signs new deal as England coach through 2022
England head coach Gareth Southgate listens to a question during England's official news conference on the eve of the semifinal match between England and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

LONDON (AP) — England coach Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract that will keep him in charge of the national team through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Southgate, whose deal was due to expire in 2020, has been rewarded for guiding England to the World Cup semifinals in Russia. It was the furthest the country has progressed at a World Cup since 1990.

The English Football Association announced the new deal on Thursday.

Southgate took the job in November 2016. If he stays until the end of his new contract, he will be longest-serving England coach since Bobby Robson (1982-90).

Southgate says "experiencing at first-hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come."

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