GARETH SOUTHGATE deserves a contract extension as England boss, claims former FA executive David Dein.
The Three Lions boss’ current deal is due to expire at the end of next year.
Speaking to The Sun’s Head of Sport Shaun Custis on talkSPORT, Dein said: “I think this is a very exciting time for England. I think we’ve got some very, very good talent coming through.
“Okay they didn’t play that well against Malta on Friday but nevertheless I think with the individuals that Gareth has got to choose from now have got an extraordinary amount of talent.
“And I think he’s just got to bring the best out of them, and hopefully he will.”
Quizzed about Southgate’s future Dein, 80, added: “Every organisation needs stability and what we don’t want to do is keep changing for the sake of change.
“I think Gareth has got more work to do. It’s still a work in progress. He’s developed some good talent there and yes I would extend his contract because quite apart from everything else I think he’s doing a good job and most importantly I think the players want to play for him.
“That’s always the first question the board have got to ask themselves when they’re thinking about changing a manager.
“Are the players playing for him? I think they are. Is he a good organiser? Yes I think he is, he’s a disciplinarian, I think he is.”
On who England could look to as a Southgate successor, Dein continued: “Then you’ve always got the (question), well if not him, who else? Where are you going to go?
“The country I don’t think is ready yet for another overseas manager, I think that would have some negative reaction.
England face North Macedonia on Monday night having already booked their place at Euro 2024.
The Three Lions will be looking to finish their qualifying campaign unbeaten and are well placed to do, having beaten North Macedonia 7-0 when they last met at Wembley earlier this year.