Three Lions of England manager Gareth Southgate has spoken up about his future after his side failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Harry Kane scored one penalty to equalize against defending champions France and skied another to hand the semis ticket over to their opponents in a match which saw both teams go at each other for 90 minutes plus additional time.
This is Southgate's third straight major tournament failure since being appointed manager of England. He took the team to the semis of the 2018 World Cup, but lost to Croatia and then to Belgium in the third place playoff.
He took his team to the finals of the 2020 European Championship but the team lost out on penalties and the same penalty demons reared their heads to prevent them from making the semis of the 2022 World Cup.
The former midfielder has been under pressure to leave the dugout of his national team for a while now and many believed that the 2022 World Cup would be his last chance. After being posed the question by journalists in the wake of England's loss to France, he said he would take time to reflect on his future before making a decision.
"I think after every tournament we’ve sat and reviewed and reflected," he said. "That needs a little bit of time to make sure that everybody makes the right decisions."
Southgate also came to the defence of his captain, Harry Kane, whose missed penalty caused England to lose their fighting chance in the game.
Kane was the golden boot winner of the 2018 tournament as his six goals helped England clinch fourth place. Against France, he drew level with Wayne Rooney as England's all-time leading goalscorer but that record will mean less to him after his missed penalty.
Southgate said: "For me we win and lose as a team, we’ve let two goals in and missed a few chances.
"He’s been incredible for us and so reliable in those sorts of situations we wouldn’t be here but for the number of goals he’s scored for us."
Jordan Henderson, one of the team's captain's, also came to the defence of Kane. "We know how many penalties Harry has scored for us, how many goals he has contributed to even get us here," he said.
"He will be stronger for this in the future. He is a world-class striker and our captain, he will bounce back."