FA chiefs will not make any plans for potential Gareth Southgate successors until the Euros is finished.

Southgate’s current deal expires in December and there is a growing feeling that this could be his last tournament as England boss. The Football Association have made no secret of how much they want to keep Southgate and are ready to give him a new contract to persuade him to stay.

But the FA have not made any approaches or back-up plans especially as Southgate has a six-month grace period after the Euros written into his £2.5m-a-year contract.

Southgate has been in charge for eight years and is now under pressure to deliver a trophy after making huge strides with the team and championing St George’s Park.

Winning the Euros and staying on for another crack at the World Cup may be one scenario which persuades Southgate to stay. But Southgate may also want another chance at domestic management and Manchester United were keen but have moved on because the timeline does not align.

There are also no obvious candidates to replace Southgate - other than Graham Potter or Eddie Howe - as the FA’s ideal would be a homegrown coach who champions the St George’s Park set-up.

Speaking last month regarding the speculation, Southgate said: "Well, for me, it's not an issue and never has been.

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"I have to deliver a successful tournament for England and there's enough work involved in that. I think everybody would expect that's where my focus should be."

He added: "There will always be speculation about managers, because if you lose a couple of games, you're in trouble - you win a couple of games and it is a different agenda.

"But for me, it [Euro 2024] is a brilliant opportunity. We're looking forward to the tournament. My focus is on how do we go a step further than we went in the last Euros [when they were beaten on penalties in the final by Italy]."

Southgate and his players landed in Germany on Monday, where they will spend the first night in their luxury base hotel. Preparations for their opener against Serbia will now ramp up, with the Three Lions kicking off their tournament in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday night.

Bukayo Saka has emerged as a potential doubt for that clash however, with Southgate managing the Arsenal star's training programme. It's better news for Trent Alexander-Arnold though, Mirror Football understands that the Liverpool defender could start in midfield against Serbia.