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Gareth Southgate happy with position as England head coach

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There were reports suggesting that England boss Gareth Southgate will move to Manchester United as coach after the sack of Jose Mourinho.

But Southgate has played down such reports and declared that he is happy being the coach of England national team.

Southgate guided England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia last and later renewed contract with the FA in October to remain at the team until 2022 World Cup.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Southgate said: “I’m the England manager and it’s a privileged position to be in.

“We’ve had the best year for 28 years and we’ve got a [Nations League] semi-final this summer and a European Championship [in 2020] that’s predominantly at Wembley, providing we take care of business to qualify.

“So, it’s a hugely exciting time with the team. I don’t think we’ve progressed as far as we can yet. I think there’s room for us to grow.

“I think there is a lot of importance in life about enjoying what you are doing.

“I am still a young coach, I’ve managed less than 200 matches, so, for me, it’s an honour to be in the role I’m in and I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Also at a Football Writers’ Association dinner in London on Sunday, staged in honour of Southgate, his England squad and staff, the England boss added:

“When you’re having tributes, you’re thinking, ‘Well, the job is not done for us yet, there’s a lot for us to go for and a lot of improvement for us to make’.”