Southgate named England manager

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Gareth Southgate has been named the new England manager, having previously performed the role on an interim basis following Sam Allardyce’s departure in September.

Southgate served as the England Under-21 boss earlier, before taking charge of the senior national team following Allardyce’s dismissal after just 67 days.

During that time he oversaw two wins and two draws, and has now signed a four-year-contract worth up to £2m a year.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there is huge potential,” Southgate told the media on Wednesday.

“I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I am also conscious getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.

“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.”

Southgate made 57 appearances for the Three Lions as a player, but his only other management experience was a three-year spell with Middlesbrough, who were relegated under him eight years ago.

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said Southgate’s development set-up at St George’s Park played a role in his appointment.

“Gareth is a great ambassador for what the FA stands for, he’s a very good football tactician and a leader,” Glenn said.

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