Southgate named England manager

The worst-kept secret in English football was finally confirmed today as Gareth Southgate was named permanent manager of the England side.

Southgate had been widely predicted to take over after his recent 4-game stint in temporary charge resulted in 2 wins – including against old enemy Scotland – and 2 draws.

The former Middlesbrough manager has penned a 4-year deal, which includes the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.

“I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager,” he 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 represented England on 57 occasions as a player, including missing the decisive penalty at Euro 96. Of all England managers, only Kevin Keegan has won more caps for his country.