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Southgate hopes to stay on as coach as England U21's crash out

Southgate hopes to get another chance. Photo: PA

Gareth Southgate has no intention of quitting as England Under-21s head coach despite their European Championship elimination.

A year to the day since the senior team's lifeless draw with Costa Rica rubber-sealed a disastrous World Cup, hope of the country's new generation faring any better went up in smoke in Olomouc.

The Young Lions arrived at the Ander Stadium with destiny in their own hands, but left it on the back of an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Italy.

It led to the Under-21s' third straight group-stage exit, understandably raising questions about Southgate's selections and his own position.

Kane and co. couldn't deliver. Credit: PA

The former defender signed a contract extension until 2017 in January and has no intention of reneging on that deal.

"I'm contracted to stay on, I'd like to stay on," Southgate said, when asked about his future. "In the end, it's not my decision.

"But I think what we've done over two years has progressed the profile of the team, the style in which we've played.

"I think we've had some massive success stories in terms of individuals that have come through the programme. Even in this tournament one or two players that have come through have emerged from it.

"So I think people will look at all of that when they're making that decision."