BREAKING NEWS: Southgate signs England extension until 2022

Gareth Southgate signed a contract extension that will keep him as manager of England until after the 2022 World Cup.

Although he still had two years to execute the agreement, he agreed to withdraw from the U-21 side to Taking over from Sam Allardyce in November 2016, Southgate has been rewarded with new terms for taking the three Lions to the semifinals of the World Cup in Russia.

England reached the last four of the competition for the first time since 1990, but defeated Croatia and finished fourth after a 2-0 loss to Belgium.

Southgate supervised two wins and draws after being named interim manager following the departure of Allardyce, which earned him the right to take on the job permanently. The 48-year-old has won 13, tied four and lost six of his games at the helm.

The former boss of Middlesbrough introduced more youngsters into the configuration of England, eliminating the experienced members of the squad as ex-captain Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill and cultivating a positive and cohesive atmosphere.

England suffered defeat in their first League of Nations game at home in Spain in September, but will hope to leave the mark and avenge their exit from the World Cup against Group A4 rivals Croatia on October 12 .

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