Southgate in charge 'long-term'

04 December 2017 11:12:09 EST

Gareth Southgate is likely to remain in charge of England 'for the next few tournaments' according to FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

According to Glenn, the England boss will retain his post even should his team fail to do well at next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The FA have a 'long-term' plan in place and the governing body are confident that the first positive signs are already being evidenced since Southgate succeeded Sam Allardyce last year.

Southgate oversaw a relatively pain-free qualification campaign for the finals, where England have been drawn to face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stage.

We go out there wanting to win it but also being realistic.

Martin Glenn

"We have a long-term plan. You've seen some of the fruits of it," Glenn said.

"Long-term plans are hard to defend when the short-term results go against you," added Glenn, who was quoted in several national newspapers.

"He's not looking at Russia as a free pass. The World Cup's a really important staging post for our development, I think.

"We go out there wanting to win it but also being realistic. No-one wants to have a bad World Cup but we're confident he's the right guy to take us through for the next few tournaments."

Glenn pinpoints the models that helped Spain and Germany to World Cup glory in recent tournaments as something England are looking to emulate.

"We're going to do it in a way that's sustainable," he added.

"We know that worked for the Germans and we know that worked for the Spanish, so we're just repeating things they've done with our own emphasis on it."

England are 6/5 to win Group G next summer, while the Three Lions are 11/5 to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage and 16/1 to win the 2018 World Cup.

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