Gareth Southgate named England manager

Southgate, who was interim manager for four games after the departure of Sam Allardyce, signs a four-year contract with the FA

Gareth Southgate

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Gareth Southgate has been named the new permanent England manager by the FA on Wednesday afternoon.

Southgate has signed a four-year contract which includes England's campaigns for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 UEFA European Championship.

He was made interim boss for four games following the departure of Sam Allardyce and recorded World Cup Qualifier victories over Scotland and Malta, while earning draws against Slovenia and Spain.

"I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager," Southgate said of the appointment. "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."

Martin Glenn added: "We are delighted to confirm Gareth as England manager. 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."

The FA's selection panel of chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and chairman Greg Clarke unanimously agreed that he was the "outstanding candidate" for the role during his four-game period as interim boss.

Southgate's first competitive match as permanent manager will be the international fixture against Germany in Dortmund on 22 March 2017. This will be followed by the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley Stadium four days later.

He was previously manager of the England U21 squad.