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Southgate’s job safe whatever the results in Russia, says FA’s Martin Glenn

• Chief executive says FA has ‘realistic’ World Cup expectations
• 2018 finals seen as staging post for ‘sustainable’ team development

Gareth Southgate has been told he will keep his job even if England lose all their group stage matches at Russia 2018, according to the FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, who gave him an overwhelming public vote of confidence.

The backlash would be considerable if England do not find their way out of Group G containing Belgium, Tunisia and the World Cup debutants Panama. But Glenn insisted even failure to reach the knockout stages of the tournament would not automatically spell the end for Southgate.

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