Gareth Southgate is determined to remain in office for Euro 2024 reunion with Italy

England manager Gareth Southgate is determined to stay in charge for the Three Lions Euro 2024 reunion with Italy, but knows it all depends on how his side fare at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

England have been drawn in qualifying Group C for the next continental finals in Germany in two years’ time alongside Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta against the winners of the Euro 2020 finals.

Southgate is under contract until the end of the next Euro finals but accepts he will be judged first on how his team fares in the World Cup, which starts next month.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “As we speak I am under contract for this time in 2024 but I am also aware that in football you have to get results.

“So the plan is there and the desire for continuity is there too, but I also don’t expect you to underperform and expect to stay in that post.”

The team have struggled for form at times during the Nations League season, including a loss to Italy in Milan last month and a goalless draw with them in Wolverhampton in June.

He told Sky Sports after the Euro 2024 draw: “We know the quality and depth that Italy has. England’s record against Italy isn’t very good in general – and we need to improve that.”

While the clash against England at Wembley will bring fond memories to Azzurri manager Roberto Mancini, they won’t enjoy the return against North Macedonia, who eliminated the European champions in a World Cup play-off semi-final earlier this year to give them one Game to deny place in Qatar.

Wales appear to have a good chance of qualifying for a major tournament for the third straight season after being drawn in Group D alongside 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia, Armenia, Turkey and Latvia.

Dragons boss Rob Page said: “I think we’re pretty happy with the group. We avoided some teams, like Belgium, that we’ve played quite a lot in recent years.

“If you’re trying to predict which teams you’d prefer versus others, we’re not far off. Overall pretty satisfied.”

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has long touted Euro 2024 as the tournament where he believes his team will reach their true potential, but they face a daunting task of qualifying from Group B after they were drawn next to world champions France and the Netherlands.

Greece and Gibraltar round out the group and Kenny said: “Most countries would want to avoid France as a second seed but that’s the reality (for us). It also represents a great challenge that we must accept.

“It’s only been eight games, we’ve shown that we can score against Portugal, Serbia and Scotland and – albeit in a friendly – against Belgium. We’ve shown we can do it and we’re improving again.

“We have to do something extraordinary to finish in the top two. Greece will also be strong. All teams can deduct points from each other. So that’s the reality, it’s a real challenge and one that we must strive to overcome.

“I wanted it to be our destiny to reach Euro 2024. That was the big dream, that’s what we’re building the team towards.

“So that was a small challenge, but it’s one that mustn’t stop us from being single-minded in our approach to trying to achieve that.”

Northern Ireland was in pot five and placed in Group H, one of the three groups of six teams, alongside Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Their boss Ian Baraclough said: “I’m delighted we’re in a pot of six. We wanted to be in a situation where there was something to play in every game, rather than friendlies.

“Looking at the Finns and the Danes from pots one and two, it could have been a lot worse – I’m looking at England and Italy, France and the Netherlands. Not being drawn in any of the top three groups was important as the draw began to develop.

“I think people are going to look at this group and think there might be a surprise or two.”

Scotland, who are pushing to qualify for the Euros for the second consecutive season, meet three-time champions Spain, Erling Haaland’s Norway, plus Georgia and Cyprus in Group A.

All Euro 2024 qualifiers will be played between March and November next year, with group winners and runners-up qualifying. Three more places will be determined in play-offs to be held in March 2024.

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