Gareth Southgate 'relaxed' that this is likely his final Euros

Entering his fourth tournament as England manager, Gareth Southgate is looking to the future.

There is 20-year-old Jude Bellingham being appointed to the leadership group.

A squad with only half its players retained from the 2022 World Cup.

And the manager himself is looking at a time when the Three Lions dugout is filled by someone else.

"I hate to put pressure on all the coaches," the 53 year old said. "But it could be the last tournament for all of them.

"So this is the world we're in. I'm probably more relaxed about it because I've been to three. I know exactly what it involves, I know the events you have to deal with."

Events that begin on Sunday night in Gelsenkirchen with their Euro 2024 group opener against Serbia.

It is three years since they went all the way in the competition - reaching the final at Wembley only to lose in the shootout to Italy.

Since then there has been Qatar, where England couldn't make it to the last-four as they did at the 2018 World Cup - losing the quarter-final to France.

It could be France posing the greatest threat again, although hosts Germany were formidable in the 5-1 humbling of Scotland in the Euros curtain-raiser on Friday night.

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What chance is there of a first trophy for England's men since 1966?

"We've earned the right to be, I guess, classed as one of the favourites," captain Harry Kane said.

"Ultimately, we're here to win it. And there will be nothing better for us and the nation itself if we do that."

It would be a first career trophy for Kane whose move to Germany in the last year, to play for Bayern Munich, has unexpectedly not produced silverware for the former Tottenham striker.

"I think winning a major tournament with England would be one of the pinnacles of anyone's career so that is the aim," he said.

"For me personally, the trophies haven't quite happened yet but it just makes me more determined and hungry to go out there and do that."

And no player scored more goals in Europe last season than Kane - netting 44 times in all competitions.There was an impressive debut season with an England teammate - Bellingham scoring 23 goals for Real Madrid when not even a centre forward and only just out of his teens.

Now the prolific duo are linking up again for their country.

Kane said: "I think we complement each other really well. Whether one of us is dropping deep, the other one running in behind and vice versa.

"So an amazing player to play with. He likes to get in the box, he likes to affect games and score goals, which is always important for an attacking midfielder.

"So I think the more we train with each other, the more we play with each other, hopefully that relationship can get even stronger. But it's so strong already."

Southgate has also brought Bellingham into the leadership group with Kane, midfielder Declan Rice and defender Kyle Walker.

"There's a different dynamic to this group," Southgate said. "There's a lot of younger players, and I want to make sure that the voices of the younger players, that I'm really in touch with that as well.

"So I don't want to leave here with any stone unturned. I don't want to have missed anything.

"And, it's always important to know what the players are thinking. They have good views. They have good experiences.

"And also, there will be some decisions that I will take without talking to any of them."