Southgate ‘not interested’ in England role

Former England defender Gareth Southgate is ‘not interested’ in the England job and is reluctant even to take over on a temporary basis while the FA looks for another candidate.

The under-21 boss has not spoken with the FA about the job since Roy Hodgson quit following England’s embarrassing defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, but according to The Guardian, he does not want the job.

Southgate managed Middlesbrough for three years before taking on the under-21 role and is said to consider himself too inexperienced for the top England role. Instead he wants to go back into club management after his current role ends.

Departing chairman of the FA Greg Dyke said that Hodgson successor would need to be someone “who really knows English football,” but also admitted “the harder question is why anyone would want it”.

Two of the early favorites with bookmakers, Brendan Rodgers and Slaven Bilic have already been ruled out. Rodgers is reluctant to leave Celtic after just signing a contract, while West Ham’s co-Chairman David Gold said Bilic was going nowhere.

The FA may now turn to former France coach Laurent Blanc, who left Paris Saint-Germain last week after three successful years at the club.