Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham would like England manager Gareth Southgate to extend his stay beyond next year’s World Cup, regardless of what happens against Germany.
Having reached the World Cup semi-finals three years ago and finished third in the inaugural Nations League in 2019, the Three Lions have the chance to make this a summer to remember at the rearranged Euros.
England are currently preparing to face Germany in front of more than 40,000 people in Tuesday’s eagerly-anticipated European Championship last-16 tie at Wembley.
Southgate’s side did not capture the imagination despite reaching the knockout phase as Group D winners, but Bullingham is delighted with the overall job being done by the manager.
“Am I enjoying the football? Yes, I am,” he said. “Gareth has done a brilliant job, finishing top of the group, really solid defence, and he’s done really well on and off the pitch, in every aspect.
Declan Rice says England should feel confident going into their Euro 2020 last-16 tie against Germany on Tuesday.
“Our support is unwavering. 100 per cent unwavering. Unwavering support. We are 100 per cent behind Gareth. He knows how we feel about him.
“We feel he is brilliant, both on and off the pitch. We want him to carry on. He’s doing a great job.
“Regardless of the group stage of the tournament we would have wanted him to carry on, not just in (this) tournament but if you look at Nations League as well, he did brilliantly in that.
“I remember the Spain game (the 3-2 Nations League win in October 2018) – absolutely great performances.”
Southgate was given the England role after Roy Hodgson’s successor Sam Allardyce made a swift exit in 2016, with the U21s boss doing enough in temporary control to earn a four-year deal.