Gareth Southgate not desperate about full-time England job

Southgate said he would consider his health and family conditions before responding to FA's possible offer.

Gareth Southgate
Southgate's England will host Scotland in World Cup qualifying clash on 11 November Reuters

Gareth Southgate suggested that he might not take the offer for full-time England coach job if Football Association (FA) considers him for the position.

The former Middlesbrough manager was appointed as the caretaker manager for four games after former boss Sam Allardyce was forced to resign by mutual consent with the FA.The 61-year-stepped down after he was reportedly caught in a newspaper sting trying to use his role to negotiate £400,000 deal for himself.

Southgate has had good run with the Three Lions so far as they have collected four points from their last two 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifier matches - a 2-0 win against Malta and a goalless draw against Slovenia.

He will be in charge of the team for their upcoming World Cup Qualifier clash against arch-rivals Scotland on 11 November at home and for an international friendly against Spain four days later.

Maintaining that the FA has the right to review his performance and come up with a decision, Southgate said he would want to consider his family and health condition before responding to the governing body about the role. He also added that that a lot would depend on the tenure of the term if FA decides to continue with him.

"The FA have a decision to make as to what they want to do. I think it's a decision that needs a lot of thought, and also I think when you're in the position I am in, you need to be clear of what is being asked," Southgate was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

"There is a big difference, for example, between being asked to take the team over the summer or to take the team for three years or take the team for a year and a half.

"I don't think it is as easy as saying: 'Yes I would like the job,' and I would also like to see how it is affecting my family and my health probably!"

Meanwhile, FA chief Martin Glenn reportedly hinted that Southgate would be a "credible candidate" regardless of the outcome of England's next two games. He had also insisted that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would "fit the criteria" for the job perfectly.