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Thomas Tuchel open to replacing Gareth Southgate as England manager

Thomas Tuchel open to replacing Gareth Southgate as England manager

Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel would be interested in succeeding Gareth Southgate as England’s head coach after the World Cup, according to the Telegraph.

Tuchel, who won three trophies with the Blues including the Champions League, was sacked early last month.

The German is currently on holiday and preparing to return to his homeland by the end of the year after being left in post-Brexit visa limbo following his Chelsea dismissal.

However, his visa problems would not be a stumbling block if the former Paris Saint-Germain manager replaced Southgate.

The England boss has come under intense scrutiny from English fans following his team’s poor displays.

The Three Lions endured an appalling Nations League campaign where they were relegated from Group A3 after failing to win any of their six games (D3, L3).

Although Southgate’s position is not under any significant threat, fans are concerned as they are supposed to be one of the favourites for the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate has insisted that he is planning on being in charge for the 2024 European qualifying campaign following the draw for the group games.

However, there are doubts over his future, with the 52-year-old admitting that poor performances in Qatar could force him out.

Whether the English Football Association would consider a foreign manager to succeed Southgate remains to be seen, but Tuchel is reportedly open to any approach.

Mauricio Pochettino has also been touted as a potential candidate for the job after being spotted at Wembley Stadium during England’s 3-3 draw with Germany.

Both Tuchel and Pochettino have already worked with several England players and remain highly respected in the English game.

However, neither have expressed interest in the England job, and there has been no contact with the FA over a potential vacancy.

Tuchel has already turned down approaches from two club jobs in England and one in Spain as he considers his options and waits for the right opportunity to arrive.

He was also approached for the Bayer Leverkusen role but knocked it back before the club opted to bring in former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.

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