England manager Gareth Southgate has admitted that preparations are already underway for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, even though a poor performance at next summer's European Championship could see someone else leading the side.


The Three Lions secured their passage to next summer's tournament festivities with comfortable wins over Montenegro and Kosovo, topping Group A while confirming a place among the top seeds.

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England are tipped to go far in the tournament after reaching the semi finals of the 2018 World Cup, but Southgate has revealed that his planning looks far beyond next summer's tournament - even though he may not be in charge in Qatar should things go wrong at Euro 2020.


“Well, that will depend very much on how we get on next summer,” Southgate said, in quotes carried by ​The Independent.


“When you have a week like you’ve had, you sense that people can fall out of love with you and if there isn’t a warmth for you to continue, then that can start to affect the team.


“So, I’m realistic about how quickly those tides can turn, but we’ve always planned short, mid and long term over the last eight years. I think when I started and we looked at other federations, we were almost embarrassed to go and look at where we should be preparing for.

“And Germany were always there, and they’d already secured the best bloody hotel!


“So, I think we’ve had to be a bit bolder and say: ‘No, look, it’s not a jinx to go and do it’. We’ve got to have belief in what we’re doing and execute the right preparation. Without taking any focus off what we’re doing next summer, we’ve got to get the next bit right, otherwise we’ll be behind the curve.


“And I think the best organisations get that short, mid and long-term planning right.”


Southgate continued by admitting that his team will need to get used to growing expectations, with England's current crop of youngsters earning widespread acclaim from the British media. He did, however, remain adamant that his players have things to work on, even though they should be confident in their own abilities.

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“I think we’ve got to accept that,” he added. “We should go in feeling confident about ourselves and, equally, we know there are areas of the game we’ve got to get better at.


“But I think all the top teams will feel the same; they’ve all got clear strengths and they’ve all got things that you’d highlight that you could exploit.”