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Manchester United interest completely irrelevant to me : Gareth Southgate

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Published Time: 13.05.2024 - 02:40:29 Modified Time: 13.05.2024 - 02:40:29

England manager is refusing to let speculation about his future distract him ahead of Euro 2024 Getty Images/Robin Jones Gareth Southgate has said potential Manchester United interest in him is a “complete irrelevance” while he aims to win Euro 2024 with England

England manager is refusing to let speculation about his future distract him ahead of Euro 2024

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Gareth Southgate has said potential Manchester United interest in him is a “complete irrelevance” while he aims to win Euro 2024 with England.

The 53-year-old has emerged as a possible frontrunner to succeed Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford if the Dutchman is sacked after the FA Cup final.

Southgate, however, insisted there had been no “conversations” with those billing him as a favourite for the job. “I’ve got one thing to focus on,” he said in an interview with ITV News. “That’s having as successful a tournament with England as possible. Everything else outside of that is a complete irrelevance to me.’’

Describing his preparations for the tournament next month, Southgate confirmed he is learning German and “slowly building a small vocabulary”. He also ruled out the prospect of his players getting involved in any political demonstrations this time. Players taking the knee became a talking point at the previous Euros while the last World Cup in Qatar sparked tensions after players were warned of sanctions for wearing the LGBTQ-supporting ‘One Love’ captain’s armbands.

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