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Gareth Southgate named England manager

Published 30/11/2016

In charge: Gareth Southgate will get nod for top job today
In charge: Gareth Southgate will get nod for top job today

Gareth Southgate has been appointed England manager.

The 46-year-old's position was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.

Southgate has been in interim charge since replacing Sam Allardyce in September after the former manager left following just 67 days in charge after being caught up in a newspaper investigation into corruption in football.

As late as September, while Allardyce was still in charge, Southgate - then Under-21 boss - said he did not feel ready for the senior job when it was available in the summer following Roy Hodgson's exit after a dismal Euro 2016.

The FA will also discuss Southgate's backroom team with the future of Chelsea coach Steve Holland on the table and reports suggest the 46-year-old will be handed a full-time role with the senior national side.

Southgate spoke to a five-man panel at St George's Park last Monday after the end of his interim reign.

FA chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn and technical director Dan Ashworth, former England player Graeme Le Saux and League Managers' Association chairman Howard Wilkinson were all involved.

While it was billed as an interview it was more of a discussion about Southgate's vision of the England team going forward.

Glenn had previously confirmed Southgate was in a strong position and that the former Middlesbrough manager wanted the job.

During his brief tenure Southgate has already had to deal with controversy with captain Wayne Rooney pictured mingling with guests at The Grove, where England were based, during his free time following the 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.

Newspaper reports suggested the skipper was drunk and made an unscheduled appearance at a wedding reception, with chief executive Glenn promising an investigation into the conduct of all players and staff during their free time.

The player's representatives have been in contact with the FA and been assured no disciplinary action will be taken against him. The Manchester United striker denied he had been at a wedding, although he did apologise to Southgate and the FA.

Southgate was unbeaten in his four games - winning two and drawing two - including this month's win over Scotland which left England top of Group F as they bid to reach Russia 2018.

England also beat Malta and drew in Slovenia before a 2-2 friendly draw with Spain in Southgate's last game, losing a 2-0 lead late on at Wembley.

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