Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as England’s permanent manager on a four-year contract that will take him through the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship campaigns.

Previously head coach of the England under-21 team, Southgate took interim charge of the senior squad during the last four games following Allardyce’s resignation in September in the aftermath of undercover newspaper revelations.

England won two and drew two of the four games under Southgate and now sit two points clear of second-placed Slovenia in Group F.

“I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager,” Southgate said. “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.”

Southgate was interviewed by a five-man FA panel at St George’s Park, the National Football Centre, last week, despite being the only candidate considered by the organisation.

Capped 57 times at senior level by England during a nine-year international career, Southgate will take charge of the team as full-time manager for the first time in a friendly against world champions Germany in Dortmund on March 22 next year.

Southgate will then oversee the resumption of England’s World Cup qualification campaign with a Wembley fixture against Lithuania four days later.

He joined the FA as head of elite development in January 2011 before taking over as head coach of the under-21s in August 2013. In that role he guided his side to two U21 Euro finals and won the Toulon Tournament last summer.

 

Culled from ESNFC

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