32 Facts About Gareth Southgate

1. Gareth Southgate met Alison in the mid '90s, while he was a trainee player at Crystal Palace Football Club.

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2. Gareth Southgate earned rave reviews for his painstaking preparation and overall compartment, making England uncharacteristically likeable throughout the World Cup.

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3. Gareth Southgate was somehow persuaded to give Rooney his final cap against the USA in his 120th appearance for the country.

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4. Gareth Southgate would not have expected to feature in a song until England's fans changed the words of Atomic Kitten's Whole Again.

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5. Gareth Southgate becomes an OBE after guiding the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia—and the same honour goes to another sporting hero from 2018, Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

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6. Gareth Southgate was then appointed as England manager on a four year contract on 30 November 2016.

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7. Gareth Southgate is an English football manager and former player.

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8. Gareth Southgate was born on the 3rd day of September 1970 in Watford, United Kingdom.

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9. Gareth Southgate missed a key penalty kick at the 1996 Euros that helped Germany defeat England in the semifinal, and Alison was there to help him through the difficult time.

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10. Gareth Southgate is a former professional soccer player, spending time on notable teams like Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

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11. Gareth Southgate becomes an OBE after guiding the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia—and the same honour goes to another sporting hero from 2018, Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

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

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13. Gareth Southgate was born on 3 September 1970 and is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a defender or as a midfielder.

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

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

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

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

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18. Gareth Southgate was lauded for personal qualities shown in the World Cup, including consoling an opposition player whose missed penalty had seen England win.

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19. On 30 November 2016, Gareth Southgate was appointed as England manager on a four-year contract.

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20. 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.

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21. Gareth Southgate was handed his first managerial role at Middlesbrough in June 2006 after Steve McClaren had left to manage England.

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

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

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

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

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

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27. On 11 July 2001, Gareth Southgate signed for Middlesbrough for a £6.5 million fee.

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28. Gareth Southgate managed the England U21 team from 2013 to 2016, before becoming the England national team manager in 2016.

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29. Gareth Southgate served as manager of Middlesbrough from June 2006 until October 2009.

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30. Gareth Southgate is the manager of the England national team.

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31. Gareth Southgate was born on 3 September 1970 and is an English football manager and former player who played as a defender or as a midfielder.

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32. Gareth Southgate is said to have convinced the West Ham star to turn his back on the Republic of Ireland.

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