Gareth Southgate, along with his assistant Steve Holland, has signed a contract extension which will prolong his spell as England manager through to December 2024.

The 51-year-old has been rewarded with fresh terms after bringing the Three Lions back into contention for major honours.

The contract will now see Southgate and his team lead the team through the next European Championship.

Since taking over England following Sam Allardyce’s sacking five years ago, Southgate has overseen a rapid upturn in the national team’s fortunes.

Under his direction, England reached both the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020. They lost that final courtesy of a penalty shootout to Italy at Wembley.

The former was England’s best performance in a World Cup since 1990, while the latter is the closest they had ever come to winning the Euros.

An FA statement announcing the extension read: “The FA is delighted to confirm Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland have signed new contracts through to December 2024.

“Southgate, who marks five years in charge at the end of this month, has overseen a period of positive progress guiding England to a FIFA World Cup semi-final and UEFA Nations League third place before securing the best men’s performance in 55 years with the UEFA EURO final this summer.

“The new deal means Southgate and his assistant Holland will lead England to the 2022 World Cup, for which qualification was secured earlier this month, before taking the team through qualifying for the 2024 EURO, which starts in March 2023.”

On signing the contract extension, Southgate said:

“I am delighted that Steve and I have been able to extend our stay in our respective roles. It remains an incredible privilege to lead this team.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark, John and the board for their support — and of course the players and support team for their hard work.

“We have a great opportunity in front of us and I know they and the fans are all excited about what this squad could achieve in future.”

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