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Southgate signs new deal as England coach through 2022

October 4, 2018

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, England soccer team coach Gareth Southgate arrives for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain. England coach Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract that will keep him in charge of the national team through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it was announced on Thursday, Oct. 4. Southgate, whose deal was due to expire in 2020, has been rewarded for guiding England to the World Cup semifinals in Russia this year. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)

LONDON (AP) — England coach Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract that will keep him in charge of the national team through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Southgate, whose deal was due to expire in 2020, has been rewarded for guiding England to the World Cup semifinals in Russia. It was the furthest the country has progressed at a World Cup since 1990.

The English Football Association announced the new deal on Thursday.

Southgate took the job in November 2016. If he stays until the end of his new contract, he will be longest-serving England coach since Bobby Robson (1982-90).

Southgate says “experiencing at first-hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come.”

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