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Gareth Southgate: 'There is big potential in the squad but there is a lot of hard work ahead'


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Gareth Southgate: 'There is big potential in the squad but there is a lot of hard work ahead'

Gareth Southgate conducted his first press conference as full-time manager of England.

The 46-year-old, who played for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, signed a four-year deal on Wednesday becoming the youngest England coach since Steve McClaren was appointed, aged 54, in 2006.

Southgate will now be expected to bring the passion he had as a player to the job of manager as the Three Lions bid to return to the international elite.

“Well of course I’ve had a great insight over the last few weeks into what the job entails, said the new England manager. “I don’t think any job is impossible, like I said a few weeks ago some jobs are more difficult than others, some are more complex and this is certainly on of those. There is big potential in the squad but there is a lot of hard work ahead. Before Russia, well we’ve got to qualify for Russia, but we’ve got about 70 days together to prepare the team and get to the level we would like to get to.”

Southgate’s first game as permanent manager will be away to Germany in a friendly in March before a home 2018 World Cup qualifier a few days later against Lithuania.

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