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Southgate appointed England manager on permanent basis


Southgate appointed England manager on permanent basis

Gareth Southgate has been handed the England manager’s role on a permanent basis and will lead the Three Lions through qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.

Southgate had been in charge as a caretaker manager ever since Sam Allardyce left the job after being caught up in a newspaper sting in September.

As interim boss 46-year-old Southgate enjoyed two wins and a draw in three World Cup qualifying matches as well as a friendly draw with Spain and he believes the future is bright.

He said: “I think there’s huge potential, I think there’s a lot of hard work ahead. I was really pleased that our performances progressed and improved as we went through those four games, as we were able to work in more detail with everybody. And I think at all age groups there are exciting England players coming through.”

The former Middlesbrough manager who played 57 times for England, has signed a four year deal with the FA, reportedly worth the equivalent of 2.3 million euros a year.

His first competitive match in charge as full time boss is a friendly against Germany in Dortmund on 22 March.