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Gareth Southgate signs four-year deal as permanent England manager

  • FA reward Gareth Southgate with a four-year contract
  • Southgate 'proud' to be England manager on a permanent basis
  • Three Lions next in action in March, 2017, against Germany
Gareth Southgate will lead the England national team through qualification campaigns for the FIFA 2018 World Cup and the UEFA 2020 European Championships. (credit:Football-news.com)

Gareth Southgate has been rewarded with a new four-year permanent contract that includes England's campaigns for upcoming tournaments like the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2020 UEFA European Championships, where England could be playing a semi-final or the final at Wembley Stadium, should they progress that far.


During his own playing days Southgate was one of the most accomplished centre backs in English football, winning 57 international caps and helping the Three Lions reach the semi-final of the 1996 Euros.

He began his managerial career at Middlesbrough and failed to impress with a 29.8% overall win percentage, however, his work with the England U21s - where he helped steer the Young Lions to 27 wins from a possible 33 - is what really pushed him to the front of the queue when the FA and erstwhile England boss Sam Allardyce parted company. 

In the post-Allardyce era, Southgate has acted as a caretaker manager and is currently unbeaten with two wins and two draws, including a feel-good 3-0 rout over historic rivals Scotland.

There had been speculation over whom would take on the role on a permanent basis, with Alan Pardew, Steve Bruce, Jurgen Klinsmann, Eddie Howe, Louis van Gaal and even Arsene Wenger all mooted as potential candidates on any FA shortlist. 

The FA, though, have ended the rumours by rewarding Southgate with a four-year deal.

"I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager," said Southgate, as quoted by the official FA website. "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." 

FA chief executive Martin Glenn added: He's obviously somebody we know well but it's his understanding of international football and the development set-up at St. George's Park that is important.

"He performed extremely well during the four games he was in temporary charge and he impressed us during a tough interview process.

"Gareth is a great ambassador for what The FA stands for, he's a very good football tactician and a leader but beneath that he's a winner and that's an important part of the job." 

Southgate's next game in charge is a tricky international fixture against Germany in Dortmund on March 22, 2017, ahead of a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley four days later.


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Gareth Southgate signs four-year deal as permanent England manager

Gareth Southgate has been rewarded with a new four-year permanent contract that includes England's campaigns for upcoming tournaments like the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2020 UEFA European Championships, where England could be playing a semi-final or the final at Wembley Stadium, should they progress that far.

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