The Future's Bright - But Is It Southgate?

Last updated : 12 July 2021 By Three Lions

Gareth Southgate will reflect back on England's Euro 2020 heartache before deciding on his future as national team boss.

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The Monday morning after the Sunday night before saw Southgate face the media for the final time during the European Championships and with the pressure off the past few weeks clearly, and understandably, visible.

HIs England side had come within half-an-hour of lifting a major trophy before Italy's gradual growth into the Wembley final brought them back on level terms and towards a penalty shoot-out where two Jordan Pickford saves were not enough as a trio of Three Lions missed their spot-kicks.

As protective as ever of his players, Southgate insisted that the choice of penalty takers was 'down to him' and would not, or could not given the raw feeling of defeat at the final hurdle, commit to being in charge for the 2022 World Cup.

"There's a lot to think through," he said. "I feel we've made progress over four years. A lot of things we've done right and we know this team isn't at its peak yet."

When the dust settles, and with the World Cup actually now only 18 months away, Southgate will surely want at least one more crack at a major tournament with a group of players who are very much 'his' having moulded and grown a fantastic group since Russia 2018.