England dressing room’s opinion on Gareth Southgate amid Man Utd manager job links

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Harry Maguire has revealed England’s players are desperate to win the Euros this summer – to convince Gareth Southgate to stay on as manager. Southgate’s contract as England boss expires in December while he is also on Manchester United’s wish list to be their next manager. But Maguire says the whole England squad are desperate for Southgate to stay on and lead them into the 2026 World Cup but accepts they have to deliver a trophy this summer. England will go to the Euros as one of the favourites and Southgate has put discussions about his own future on hold until after the tournament.‌ When asked whether the players want him to stay on, United defender Maguire said: “Yeah, definitely, obviously.‌ “We want to be successful in the Euros – we are not looking at the World Cup at the moment – but obviously if we are successful at the Euros, which is our main focus, of course, we want to be successful. “If Gareth’s the man to make us be successful then we want him to stay as long as possible. I’ve had a great relationship with him. I’ve been a big part of the success ad the progression that we’ve shown as a country. And I’m sure he will say the same thing now, it’s all about winning a trophy. ‌“I don’t know what’s going to happen after the Euros, I don’t know if he knows what’s going to happen. But I feel like what he’s done from when he first took over this job to where we are at now, we’ve taken huge strides and he’s a massive part of that.” ‌Maguire also says the players talk all the time about what it would feel like to win a trophy, having gone so close under Southgate as they were semi-finalists in the 2018 World Cup, reached the Euros final and lost to France in the quarter-finals in Qatar in 2022. ‌Maguire added: “We’ve been so close. I feel as a group we’re ready to win. If you asked every single player in the squad they’d say the expectation is to win the tournament. ‌“However, we do understand that it’s tournament football and if we are going to win the Euros, you are probably going to have to win a penalty shoot-out, so you are going to have to be prepared on that aspect. “You are going to have to score from set-plays, you are going to have to defend set-plays. Tournament football is built on big moments. Against France at the World Cup, that game could have gone either way – but it went to them. “We need to make sure we are ready to perform as well as we can so when the opportunity comes to us… I think tournament football is based on big moments and we have the players to produce those big moments.” Join our new WhatsApp communityand receive your daily dose of Mirror Football content. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read ourPrivacy Notice.

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