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Gareth Southgate says the success of the last two major tournaments has nearly made the ‘inconceivable job’ a possible one. But he warned whoever eventually does succeed him that things haven’t modified that much since he took over with England in its post-Euro 2016 doldrums.

The post of managing the national side was labelled “An Unimaginable Job” in a documentary about Graham Taylor’s reign. Southgate himself is contracted until December 2024, long after the tip of Euro 2024, with the FA already making noises that they’d be pleased if he remained even beyond that.

At the identical time, a subtle change in public opinion has led many to query whether Southgate is motivated to see out that period. Experienced managers including Mauricio Pochettino have already dropped hints about being interested when Southgate’s tenure finally ends.

And after the World Cup semi-finals 4 years ago and last yr’s Euro 2020 final, Southgate said: “Possibly we’ve made the inconceivable just look possible and it’s exciting for other people and I can understand that.

“We would like England to be competitive for years to come back and I think that our academy system has got that. But I believe there are challenges inside that because we’re back to 31 per cent of the league being eligible for England and only 4 or five exports of a high level.”

“Nevertheless, we have now also got some good players and we should always be competitive for the subsequent six, eight years with this group.” FIFA may meanwhile force Harry Kane to desert his plans to wear a rainbow armband amid fears the striker might be shown a yellow card before his World Cup has even began.

Fears have been raised in Germany that FIFA could select a sporting sanction as an alternative of a fantastic if leading European captains press ahead with wearing the unauthorised item – with Kane the primary to check the mood.

The FA had vowed to pay any fines arising from the choice to support the ‘One Love’ armband to support diversity and inclusion. Nevertheless, the danger of losing England’s captain for a match if he picks up a second booking within the tournament could also be an excessive amount of of a risk to take.

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“We’ve made it clear as a team and a staff and organisation that we wish to wear the armband,” Kane reiterated. “I do know the FA are talking to FIFA in the meanwhile, and I’m sure by game-time tomorrow they may have their decision. We’ve made it clear that we wish to wear it.”

Law 4 Paragraph 1 says that any player refusing to remove an item of unauthorised clothing when asked by the referee MUST be cautioned. Nevertheless it’s written as a security stipulation to guard other players.

The FA claim they wrote to FIFA in September for a response to their plan to wear the armband and were still waiting for a solution on the eve of their game against Iran, which kicks off at 1pm today.

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