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England manager Gareth Southgate, 48, revealed the reasons behind his contract extension.

Southgate's new contract will run until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and he told the FA's website he is looking forward to continuing leading the side. "But inherently care about the project in a way that maybe would be hard to find in something else". "Every day you drive through the gates of St George's Park and you feel like you're making a difference to English football".

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd hailed Gareth Southgate's courageous senior call-ups for Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison - even if they have come earlier than expected.

"The clock isn't here anymore, but what it did, it shaped our thinking and our behaviours", said the England boss, who also called up Harry Winks, Ross Barkley and Nathaniel Chalobah.

"We'd like to work with them now - they get an understanding of how we work, we get a closer look at them". What experience would our young players need to be ready to win at that time?

'That got a lot of publicity but what it did was shape our thinking, for [outgoing technical director] Dan Ashworth and myself, ' he added. "He's been courageous enough to go overseas and play", added Southgate.

"He's a player that is explosive, is really creative in the final third, and has had a big impact in terms of assists in the matches he has played, can score goals and has had a big impact in our junior teams in the last couple of years".

"Well, he's had a long period injured at Chelsea a year ago, so that wasn't a reflection on the quality of the player that he hadn't been with us, but he wasn't getting any football, really", Southgate said.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley returns to the squad for the first time since May 2016.

A number of other young players are heading overseas in a bid to make an impact, but Phil Foden remains on home soil with Manchester City.

Since his move from Norwich City for £20 million, the 21-year-old has been in fine form for the Foxes, having bagged three goals and two assists for the side so far. He is a little bit of a later developer in that area.

"I totally understand that, so I don't think there is any rush for Phil".

"We think there are some exciting young players we have been tracking, and it's a great opportunity for us to look at them".