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 https://t.co/wZayKR65Px— 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.