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Gareth Southgate Appointed England Manager

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The FA confirms Gareth Southgate has been appointed as England manager on a four-year deal

London, England – Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as England’s permanent manager on a four-year contract that will take him through the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship campaigns, the FA confirms.

“The Football Association announced today that it has appointed Gareth Southgate as England manager,” said the statement

In an interview with the FA, Southgate said: “I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I’m also conscious that getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there’s huge potential. I’m determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re going to enjoy watching play and develop. For me, the hard work starts now.”

England beat Malta 2-0 and Scotland 3-0 and drew 0-0 with Slovenia in World Cup qualifiers, before drawing with Spain in a friendly in the four games with Southgate as caretaker, and now sit two points clear of second-placed Slovenia in Group F.

Southgate’s first competitive match as manager will be the international fixture against Germany in Dortmund on March 22, 2017, followed by the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2017.

He joined the FA as head of elite development in January 2011 before taking over as head coach of the under-21s in August 2013. In that role he guided his side to two U21 Euro finals and won the Toulon Tournament last summer.

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