The fallout from the 2022 World Cup is well and truly over for England, who managed to win more admirers in Qatar despite a disappointing quarter-final loss to France.
The Three Lions proved beyond all doubt that they are an elite-level outfit with their performance in the 2-1 loss to Les Bleus – arguably the best of Gareth Southgate's reign so far – but they remain the perennial bridesmaids of international football.
Southgate, who also guided England to fourth place at the 2018 World Cup and the Euro 2020 final, took the decision to extend his contract after falling short in Qatar. He still believes he can deliver his country's first major title since 1966, but the jury is still out over whether he is ruthless enough to get them over the line.
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The England boss tends to stick with his favourites, as the likes of Harry Maguire, Mason Mount and Jordan Henderson continue to earn regular minutes despite their inconsistency at club level.
That is unlikely to change, but competition for places will only ramp up heading into next year's European Championship in Germany. New heroes have already emerged in the form of Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden, while players such as Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish are now in the prime years of their careers.
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