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Gareth Southgate to receive massive bonus as reward for England's World Cup qualification

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England qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in typically English fashion, salvaging a late win over Slovenia after a terribly dreary affair in front of a Wembley crowd that was well below capacity.

The Three Lions, led by Harry Kane, were thoroughly uninspiring with the crowd resorting to other means of entertainment by throwing paper aeroplanes onto the pitch. Kane eventually netted late on, but that did little to embellish what had been a truly forgettable performance.

However, amidst all the negativity, a simple fact can not be ignored, England have qualified for FIFA's showpiece event.

Gareth Southgate will probably be the happiest man in England after that fact was confirmed, with the manager set to receive quite a substantial bonus for guiding the national team to the finals in Russia.  

Southgate, who many fans feel has not warranted his place in the England hot seat, is set to pocket £250 000 as a reward for qualification and could receive a further £250 000 if his side can force their way out of their group in Russia. 

The 47-year-old already earns a hefty £3 million as his annual pay.

The former Middlesborough boss took charge last November after Sam Allardyce was sacked by the FA after just two months at the helm.

Southgate seemingly has not made much of an impact on the national side, picking unadventurous sides lacking in creativity and driving force. What doesn't help is that he chooses to play some of his most threatening players out of position, as shown by his decision to deploy Raheem Sterling in the number 10 role against Slovenia while at the same time picking a three-man midfield consisting of Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, and an out of form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

What doesn't help is that he chooses to play some of his most threatening players out of position, as shown by his decision to deploy Raheem Sterling in the number 10 role against Slovenia while at the same time picking a three-man midfield consisting of Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, and an out of form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

In light of this, it seems a little unwarranted that Southgate should be banking such a significant bonus for having so little impact, but one simply can't argue with the fact that England will be in Russia next year.

One thing is for certain, if they want to compete against the best in the world, something will have to change.

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