GARETH SOUTHGATE says England’s players do not care who is in charge of the team.
The England players have arrived in Poland for their World Cup qualifierCredit: Getty
Southgate has managed the national team since 2016Credit: Getty
FA bosses want Southgate to extend his contract, which runs out at the end of next year, until after Euro 2024.
Talks will not take place until this World Cup qualifying campaign ends in November.
But Southgate said: “I wouldn’t think they could care less! They aren’t bothered who the manager is at club or country.
“One comes, one goes. The next one comes and they get on with it.
“So, no, it’s not a distraction in any way, shape or form.
“I’ve got 14 months and if you can get through 14 weeks as a manager you have done well, so it really isn’t an issue.
“I enjoy working with the team and I would imagine we won’t even discuss that until after the autumn now.”
Bellingham was superb for England against Andorra on SundayCredit: Getty
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham made it clear before Euro 2020, where England reached the final, that Southgate is wanted for a longer period.
The day after the loss to Italy at Wembley, Southgate said: “I don’t want to commit to anything longer than I should and I never want to outstay my welcome.
“So, all of those things need consideration before even thinking about sitting down and talking.
“As I sit here today, I would want to be taking the team to Qatar.”
Southgate is set to name the same team that won 4-0 in Hungary six days ago. Tyrone Mings is suspended.
A win would all but seal England’s spot in Qatar and Southgate said: “It’s an opportunity, no more, no less.
“We know that to go away from home and win is not easy, not straightforward. Poland also have high motivation.
“To be able to top the group, they probably have to win the game, so it’s a game for everybody to look forward to.
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Grealish will be hoping he starts for the Three Lions in WarsawCredit: Getty
“We can really take a positive step towards the World Cup if we win in Warsaw, so it’s a high level of motivation, but also guarding against any feeling that we are better than we are.
“We’re having a good run of results because we’re working hard for each other.
“Without the ball we’re very disciplined and that sets the tone for our game.”