The first England manager to take the national team through to a major competition final in 55 years, Gareth Southgate has been Manager of the England football team since September 2016, when he replaced Sam Allardyce on a temporary basis.
After winning his first game 2-0 against Malta as caretaker Manager, followed by a draw against Slovenia, a win against Scotland, and a draw with Spain, he was officially appointed Manager on a 4-year contract in November that year.
In 2018, Southgate came under controversy ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia for his first eleven team selection, which included nine players making their World Cup debut appearance. It paid off, however, as he became the first England manager to reach the World Cup semi-finals since Sir Bobby Robson's side in 1990, 28 years previous, and only narrowly missing out on reaching the final; something England hasn’t achieved since they won the Cup in 1966.
Then, in July 2021, under Gareth Southgate’s leadership, the England team narrowly missed winning the final of the UEFA EURO 2020, losing by a margin of 3-2 to Italy during the penalty shoot-out. He was the first England manager to reach the final of a European Championship and, in fact, to reach any major tournament final since 1966.
During a playing career of over 700 appearances, Gareth Southgate earned 57 caps for England between 1995-2004, scoring twice, and was part of the squad at four major championships – World Cups 1998 & 2002 and the European Championships in 1996 & 2000.
Becoming Captain at each of the three clubs where he played, Gareth’s major honours were leading Palace to the Division 1 (now Championship) title in 1993/94 and winning the League Cup with Aston Villa in 1996 and with Middlesbrough in 2004. He was also an FA Cup runner-up with Villa in 2000 and losing finalist with Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup, his final game as a professional in 2006, aged 35.
He was then appointed manager of Middlesbrough and managed them for 3 years from 2006-2009 in the Premier League before the club was relegated on the final day of the 2008/09 season. In October 2010 he was sacked as manager hours after a 2-0 victory over Derby with Middlesbrough one point off first place in The Championship.
He managed the England U21 team from 2013 to 2016, before becoming the England national team manager in 2016.
Southgate is one of a select group to have won both the Barclay's Premier League Player and Manager of the Month Awards. Away from football Gareth Southgate's autobiography 'Woody and Nord' won the Sporting Club's 'Sports Book of The Year award in 2004.
In 2018, he received an OBE for services to sport and was awarded Coach of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. In 2019, he was awarded the Football Writers' Association Tribute Award.
Off the pitch, as a Goodwill Ambassador for The Prince's Trust, Gareth has supported the Trust's Future Leaders programme, which helps give young people skills in leadership and teamwork. For the FA, Gareth has authored the We Only Do Positive handbook, a resource for coaches and parents of young players highlighting the importance of positive values and behaviours such as fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership.
In November 2020, he authored Anything is Possible: Inspirational Lessons From The England Manager, in which he tells the story of how he went from being a skinny, introverted teenager told he wouldn’t make it as a player to someone who played for and managed his country.