Gareth Southgate ‘likes’ the United States and would be interested in a potential venture across the pond should he leave his position with England. That’s according to sports broadcaster Rebecca Lowe, who believes the Three Lions boss would be open to exploring opportunities Stateside once his time in charge of England comes to an end.
Southgate’s contract is due to run until after the 2024 European Championships but he plans to sit down with the Football Association to discuss his future following England’s World Cup elimination at the hands of France.
While there is a sense his side are on the cusp of something special, Southgate has cited some of the stresses he faces with the job and for that reason he wants to take his time to ponder his next move.
Speaking on the Men in Blazers live podcast in San Francisco, Lowe indicated that Southgate’s future could lie overseas in the United States.
She said: “Actually I’ve heard all sorts of thoughts that apparently he does quite like the United States as his next destination whether that would be Major League Soccer or the USA.”
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Southgate said on his future: “Look, I’ve found large parts of the last 18 months difficult. For everything that I’ve loved about the last few weeks, I still have how things have been for 18 months.
“What’s been said and what’s been written, the night at Wolves, there’s lots of things in my head that’s really conflicted at the moment, so what I want to make sure, if it’s the right thing to say, is that I’ve definitely got the energy to do that.
“I don’t want to be four or five months down the line thinking I’ve made the wrong call. It’s too important for everybody to get that wrong.
“After every tournament, I’ve sat with everybody at the FA and talked things through logically and I think that’s the right process to go through again.”
Southgate has overseen huge progress since he was appointed England manager six years ago in November 2016.
The former Three Lions defender has guided England to a World Cup semi-final, quarter-final and European Championships final in the space of four years.
A number of England’s players have already made it clear they hope he remains in charge of the group moving forward.
His contract was extended by the Football Association in November 2021 but a lot has changed since following an intense year that has included calls for his head following a woeful Nations League campaign.