Gareth Southgate Profile
|Born||Sep 03, 1970|
A former defender with international pedigree, Gareth Southgate moved into the dugout after his playing career ended and is now manager of his country, having held the role since 2016.
Gareth Southgate OBE is an English professional soccer manager and former player who played as a defender or as a midfielder. He is the manager of the England national team.
Gareth Southgate is a former footballer and current manager of the England national team. He made over 500 appearances as a player, winning two League Cup titles and playing in a UEFA Cup final. The defender also earned over 57 England caps, representing the Three Lions at three major international tournaments.
Southgate began his managerial career with Middlesbrough in 2006, before being named England Under-21 manager in 2013, leading them to victory in the Toulon Tournament in 2016 - a prestigious annual friendly tournament between the best international youth teams. Impressively, Southgate led England U-21s to 27 victories in his 33 matches in charge of the Young Lions.
After a subsequent caretaker period managing England's senior team, Southgate was later given the job on a permanent basis and guided the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He also led England to third place in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019.
Southgate and England
Southgate has experienced both sides of a career representing his country. He won 57 caps for the Three Lions during his playing days, in nine years' involvement at international level. Unfortunately, though, an infamous missed penalty against Germany at EURO '96 is one of the lasting memories for England fans of Southgate's international career, something which the man himself admitted has taken time to get over, saying he felt like he owed his country after managing England in their penalty shootout victory against Colombia at the World Cup 22 years later, sparking wild celebrations back home and in the England camp in Russia.
"Nobody can know what that feels like. You are embarrassed. Now people are very complimentary," he admitted while appearing on TV in Bear's Mission with survivalist Bear Grylls.
"People used to poke their heads out of vans and shout things at me in the street. I had a 20-year playing career but I was really only ever remembered for that one moment. That's what made  even better because I felt like I had a debt to pay."
Southgate retired as a player in 2006, then moved into coaching. In August 2013, Southgate was appointed manager of the England Under-21 side. He took charge for the European Under-21 Championship in 2015, but his team were knocked out in the group stage.
In September 2016, Southgate was named England caretaker manager after Sam Allardyce resigned after just one game in charge following a newspaper investigation. Southgate's first match in charge of the senior side was a 2-0 win over Malta in a World Cup qualifier, before being given the job on a permanent basis.
Southgate led the Three Lions to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Despite losing to Belgium in the group stage, Southgate's men earned a place in the knockout rounds following wins over Tunisia and Panama. England beat Colombia in the round of 16 on penalties, before recording a 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-final.
Despite taking the lead through Kieran Trippier's free kick, Southgate's men were beaten by 2-1 Croatia in a tense semi-final. The Three Lions missed out on third place after another defeat to Belgium. Southgate was rewarded with a new four-year deal and also received an OBE for services to football. "It's a very proud moment for myself and my family," he told thefa.com.
One year later, Southgate led England to the inaugural Nations League. The Three Lions finished above Spain and World Cup conquerors Croatia to top their group, earning a place in the last four. Southgate's men were beaten 3-1 by the Netherlands in the semi-final, but overcame Switzerland on penalties to finish third.
England also qualified for the European Championships in 2021 after topping their group - winning seven games out of eight and finishing six points clear of second-placed Czech Republic. However, Southgate came under pressure after failing to qualify for the 2021 Nations League after finishing behind Belgium and Denmark in the group stage.
In Euro 2020, Southgate's England toped their group without conceding a goal after 1-0 wins over Croatia and Czech Republic, and a 0-0 draw against Scotland.
In the round of 16, the Three Lions faced Germany, but goals courtesy of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane gifted his side a 2-0 win. A 4-0 drubbing of Ukraine in the quarter-finals in Rome ensured a second consecutive semi-final appearance for Southgate's side in international tournaments.
Despite going behind to Denmark in the semi-finals, a Simon Kjaer own goal meant the game entered extra time at 1-1. A penalty was awarded to Southgate's side in extra time, and Harry Kane followed up on his initial saved effort to give England a 2-1 win and send the Three Lions through to their first final since 1966.
Playing for and managing Middlesbrough
After six years on the pitch with Aston Villa, Southgate joined Middlesbrough in the summer of 2001 under former England coach Steve McClaren. A year later, he became the first Boro captain to lift a trophy in the club's 128-year history after winning the League Cup. The defender's last match as a player was in the 2006 UEFA Cup final against Sevilla, which the English side lost 4-0.
In June 2006, Southgate returned to Middlesbrough as a manager. The appointment caused controversy because he did not have the required coaching qualifications to manage in the Premier League at the time. However, he was eventually given permission to remain in the role.
Southgate guided Middlesbrough to 12th in his first season at the Riverside. In 2007/08, he came under pressure after a spell in the bottom three but managed to achieve another mid-table finish. Arsene Wenger, then-Arsenal manager, said Southgate was one of several English managers good enough to manage the English national side.
However, Middlesbrough were relegated in 2008/09 after a run of 14 league games without a win. Southgate was sacked early in the following season, despite sitting in fourth - just one point off the top of the table. Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson said it was "the hardest decision I've had to make in football."
Anything is Possible
In 2020, Southgate released Anything is Possible, a book that explores his journey from being released by Southampton at 13 to managing his country at a World Cup. The book features a foreword from Prince Charles and aims to inspire young people to follow their dreams.
All profits are being donated to the Prince's Trust, a charity Southgate has worked with since 2005. Throughout the book, Southgate encourages the reader to step out of their comfort zone like he did when he took the England job, despite his fears of getting sacked again.
He also offers life lessons throughout for young people, such as the importance of focussing on yourself and trying not to compare yourself to others, be brave enough to try new things and the need for kindness in the world.
Since signing a new four-year deal with England in 2018, Southgate earns an annual salary in the region of £3million. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he agreed to take a 30% pay cut to help protect the FA - which was set to lose more than £150 million due to cancelled matches and concerts at Wembley.