Gareth Southgate knows he's drinking in the last chance saloon.

The England boss admits that unless the Three Lions win the European Championships and end their 58-year wait for top honours, it will likely be his last tournament.

Southgate has guided his side to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and the quarter-finals of the same competition four years later, while coming within a penalty shoot-out of winning Euro 2020 on home soil.

Having taken charge after the Euro 2016 nightmare under Roy Hodgson - before Sam Allardyce made a swift exit following one game - there's no question the 53 year-old has restored pride and led the country to back to where it believes it belongs on the international stage. But there remain questions over whether that will have been enough, should Euro 2024 end without silverware, particularly with a squad now jam-packed full of top talent.

And that's something of which Southgate himself is more than aware.

"If we don’t win, I probably won’t be here anymore,” he told German publication Bild. “Then it might be the last chance. I think about half of the national coaches leave after a tournament – that’s the nature of international football.

“I’ve been here for almost eight years now and we’ve come close. So, I know that you can’t keep standing in front of the public and saying ‘please do a little more’, because at some point people will lose faith in your message.

“If we want to be a big team and I want to be a top coach, then you have to deliver in the big moments.”

Southgate's contract with the FA expires later this year and he has been linked with the Manchester United job. Southgate is well known to the club's new co-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and is well respected by his right-hand man, Sir Dave Brailsford.

He insists he will not speak to anybody about his future until after this summer's finals, including the FA. He insists they know his stance on signing extensions ahead of major tournaments, believing they provide an unnecessary distraction, citing Fabio Capello’s extension before the 2010 World Cup as an example.

Asked if he could have signed a contract extension before the tournament, Southgate said: “No. The reason is that there would have been more criticism, which would have put more pressure on the team.

“England did that once before with Fabio Capello, and there was a big drama before the tournament. It’s better to check yourself after the tournament.”

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