The England manager Gareth Southgate says he’s happy with the role with the national team amid rumours of him joining the Red Devils at the start of next season.

His great run with the Three Lions led the Football Writers’ Association to honour the Watford born manager at its tribute evening on Sunday.

Southgate led the National Team to a remarkable World Cup run last summer, with his side making it to the semi-finals stage in Russia before losing to Croatia.

Later on, in November, England clinched an important qualification to next summer’s Nations League finals where they will face the Netherlands in the semis.

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England had a remarkable World Cup campaign last summer. (Tim Goode/PA)

Southgate’s work with the national team attracted many clubs in search for a manager, with Man Utd reportedly considering him as the next in line to replace Solskjaer in the summer.

In response to such rumours, Southgate himself said in an interview with Sky Sports: “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 semi-final this summer and a European Championship that’s predominantly at Wembley, providing we take care of business to qualify.

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Southgate led the Three Lions to the semis at the 2018 World Cup last (AFP/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV)

“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.

“So, I think there’s a lot of importance in life about enjoying what you’re doing, and 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.”

The former Aston Villa defender admitted that the group of players he’s managing were crucial to his success and it is partly thanks to them that he is in this position at the moment. He was full of praise for the England group of players.

“I’m conscious I’ve received lots of credit over the last couple of months in particular, but as a manager, you’re entirely in the hands of your team – both the players and the support team,”

“I am fortunate to work with really good people in both of those groups – very talented, good characters.

“Also, 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’.

“It’s really nice to be recognised and equally it shouldn’t just be about me. That’s for sure.”

The England boss was also asked to comment on national team captain Harry Kane who picked up an ankle injury which will keep him out of action until March. Kane won the Golden Boot in Russia with 6 goals to his name.

Southgate believes that the England striker will recover from the injury and come back as hungry for goals as ever.

“Well, you never want to see a player missing football. It’s important for him and important for his club,” Southgate said.

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Harry Kane hobbled off in the final moments of Man Utd loss after receiving medical treatment (Pic – Getty Images)

“He has had a lot of matches over a two-year period now and inevitably at times the body takes care of itself.

“You know, it gives you a sign that it’s ready for a rest and he’ll use that time wisely.

“I am already aware that he’s focused on getting back as quickly as possible and he’s determined to be back helping Tottenham as quickly as possible.

“And I’m sure they and England will get a player that’s refreshed from that little break and stronger again, and hungry to go.”

 

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