42 Facts About Gareth Southgate


Gareth Southgate has been the manager of the England national team since 2016.


Gareth Southgate played in the 2000 FA Cup Final for Villa and the 2006 UEFA Cup Final for Middlesbrough.


Internationally, Gareth Southgate made 57 appearances for the England team between 1995 and 2004.


Gareth Southgate played every game of England's campaign in the UEFA Euro 1996, but his penalty miss sent England out in the semi-final.


Gareth Southgate featured in both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2000.


Gareth Southgate's playing career ended in May 2006 at the age of 35, after more than 500 league appearances.


Gareth Southgate was manager of Middlesbrough from June 2006 until October 2009.

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Gareth Southgate managed the England under-21 team from 2013 to 2016, before becoming the England national team manager in 2016, succeeding Sam Allardyce.


Gareth Southgate was born on 3 September 1970 in Watford, Hertfordshire.


Gareth Southgate attended Padnell Infant School in Cowplain, Hampshire, along with Pound Hill Junior School and Hazelwick School in Crawley, West Sussex.


Gareth Southgate played as a youth for two-and-a-half years for Southampton before being released as a thirteen-year-old.


Gareth Southgate began his career at Crystal Palace, playing initially at right-back and then in central midfield.


Gareth Southgate joined on a four-year deal and was the first signing by Steve McClaren, whom he knew as an England coach.


In July 2002, after Paul Ince left for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Gareth Southgate was appointed the new Middlesbrough captain.


Gareth Southgate rejected media rumours that he was set to move to Manchester United following Rio Ferdinand's ban for missing a drug test in January 2004.


Gareth Southgate later committed his final playing years to Middlesbrough, signing until 2007.


Gareth Southgate made his debut for England as a substitute against Portugal in December 1995 under the management of Terry Venables.


Gareth Southgate played every minute of their matches as hosts England reached the semi-final of UEFA Euro 1996, in which they faced Germany.


The match was determined in a penalty shoot-out; Gareth Southgate's penalty was saved, and England were eliminated when Andreas Moller scored the next German penalty.


Gareth Southgate managed to make light of his blunder later that year by appearing in an advert for Pizza Hut, featuring Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle, who had missed crucial penalties at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.


Gareth Southgate played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.


Gareth Southgate was capped 57 times for England and scored twice.


Gareth Southgate is Aston Villa's most capped England player, having played 42 of his 57 internationals whilst with Villa.


Middlesbrough successfully argued that, because Gareth Southgate had recently been an international player, he had had no opportunity to undertake the coaching courses.


Gareth Southgate brought in four defensive additions to the squad, with Julio Arca arriving from local rivals Sunderland, Robert Huth from Chelsea and Jason Euell from Charlton Athletic on permanent deals, whereas Jonathan Woodgate joined on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

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Gareth Southgate's side finished the Premier League season sat in twelfth position.


Gareth Southgate had faced some criticism earlier on that season, after his side suffered a spell in the relegation zone, but Middlesbrough managed to pull clear of the bottom three.


Gareth Southgate's dismissal was controversial as he had taken Middlesbrough to within one point of the top position, though chairman Gibson stated that he had made the decision weeks previously in the best interests of the club.


Gareth Southgate was replaced by Gordon Strachan, who was unable to take the club back to the Premier League.


Gareth Southgate would go on to lead his team to qualify for the finals of the 2015 European Championship; their good fortune could not continue however, as they finished bottom of their narrow-pointed group, therefore being knocked out of the competition.


In June 2016, Gareth Southgate said that he did not want to fill the England senior team position left vacant by Hodgson.


Gareth Southgate was put in temporary charge of the senior England team on 27 September 2016, when Sam Allardyce resigned after one game due to the 2016 English football scandal.


Gareth Southgate was lauded for personal qualities shown in the World Cup, including consoling Colombia's Mateus Uribe, whose missed penalty had seen England win.


In 2019, Gareth Southgate managed England to third place in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.


In June 2022, Gareth Southgate led England into the UEFA Nations League.


However, on 18 December 2022, the FA confirmed Gareth Southgate would remain in post until after the UEFA Euro 2024.


Gareth Southgate was a co-commentator for ITV at the 2006 World Cup, covering group games alongside Clive Tyldesley.


Gareth Southgate resumed a role as pundit and co-commentator after he finished his tenure at Middlesbrough in 2010, working on FA Cup and UEFA Champions League matches for ITV as well as acting as a pundit on England games.


In January 2011, Gareth Southgate was appointed as the FA's head of elite development, to work with Trevor Brooking.


Gareth Southgate left the post in July 2012, and ruled himself out of consideration for the role of technical director, for which he had been a leading candidate.


Gareth Southgate married Alison Bird in July 1997 at St Nicholas's Church in Worth; the couple have two children.


Gareth Southgate was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to football.