PIERS MORGAN has led calls from players and pundits for Gareth Southgate to remain England boss.
The Three Lions suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to France in the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals at Al Bayt Stadium last night.
The Blues opened the scoring in controversial fashion with Aurelien Tchouameni’s long-range stunner and Harry Kane leveled things from the penalty spot before Olivier Giroud extended his goalscoring record to 53 goals.
The heroic England captain had the chance to equalize once again with another kick but unfortunately missed the target.
Southgate has a contract until 2024 but his future still appears to be in discussion after another World Cup heartbreak for England.
The 52-year-old confirmed there will be talks with the FA once the team return from Qatar and a decision will be made later.
But Sun Sport columnist and Talk TV host Morgan was quick to try to persuade Southgate to stay on.
He tweeted: “Lots of debate about whether Gareth Southgate should continue as England manager. My criteria is: could anyone else have done better with this ( very good) team of players?
“I don’t think so, and I like the way his team is playing and performing under him. So I say: keep going Gareth.
Manchester United and England legend Gary Neville told ITV: “I would like Gareth to stay for another two years. I would like him to stay beyond that, whether as a manager or whether in a role in the FA in the future.
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“England for the last 10 years have won youth tournaments. We won a women’s tournament this summer. We got to the men’s Euro final. We are playing really well.
“We have a good team of technical players. England are pretty well placed, let’s be clear on that.
“We’ve been out of tournaments in disgrace for the past 25 years, thinking what the future holds. We have a bright future and he is a big part of it.
United legend and ITV pundit Roy Keane echoed those sentiments, saying: “You expect Gareth to stay for the Euros, of course.
“He will have an exit plan in mind. Is he still up for it. Players will be making big decisions over the next few months, some of the older players.
“I agree with absolutely everything everyone has said about Gareth, but he will have to look into his future and talk to his family.
“He did a fantastic job. Does he want to give her a few more years, I hope he does.
Southgate first took England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
This was followed by the heartbreaking penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final last year before the latter heartbreaking against the French in Qatar.