Southgate job is safe as FA put together a long term plan.

England manager Gareth Southgate has been told his job is safe even if his side loses every game at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Southgate oversaw a successful qualification campaign for the finals, where England will face Belgium, Tunisia, and Panama in the group stage.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn says the manager will retain his position “for the next few tournaments”.

“We have a long-term plan. You’ve seen some of the fruits of it,” Glenn said.

“He’s not looking at Russia as a free pass. The World Cup’s a really important staging post for our development, I think.

“We go out there wanting to win it but also being realistic. No-one wants to have a bad World Cup but we’re confident he’s the right guy to take us through for the next few tournaments.”

England’s future hopes have been buoyed by age-group successes this year, including Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup victories, and Glenn says having a long-term vision is the way forward.

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