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England: Gareth Southgate named new England manager

30 November 2016

Gareth Southgate has been chosen by the FA as the man to lead England forward, becoming the new manager of the national team.

The 46-year-old stepped up from his role as the Under-21s manager in September after the departure of Sam Allardyce and, having overseen two wins and two draws as interim boss, he has now signed a permanent contract.

🎥 @GarethSouthgate speaks to FATV about his appointment as new #ThreeLions manager

— England (@England) November 30, 2016

He said: "I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I'm also conscious that getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there's huge potential. I'm determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they're proud of and one that they're going to enjoy watching play and develop. For me, the hard work starts now."

A defender during his playing days, Southgate notched almost 650 appearances in an 18-year career. He also received international honours, earning 57 caps, representing his country at two World Cups and two European Championships, including the semi-finals of Euro 96.


But Southgate's career actually started with him playing in midfield, captaining Crystal Palace to EFL success in Season 1993/94, winning the First Division title.

He then moved onto Aston Villa, winning the EFL Cup with them in 1995/96, before captaining Middlesbrough to EFL Cup glory in 2003/04.

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