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Gareth Southgate confirmed as England U21s boss

 

Gareth Southgate is the new England U21 manager, the FA have confirmed.

Southgate will replace Stuart Pearce, who left the role after a disappointing U21 European Championships this summer. The team failed to win any of their three group games.

Southgate made 57 appearances for England, playing alongside his predecessor Pearce in the process.

Southgate, who currently works as a pundit on ITV, said: "I'm extremely excited about the prospect of working with the best and brightest young players in the country."

"I'm a proud Englishman and playing for my country was the pinnacle of my playing career, since retiring as a player I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience of the game both here and abroad, and I'm eager to play my part in preparing players to compete at the highest level."

"Whenever any team steps onto the pitch for England, being successful is of huge importance, but it is also about developing a clear style of play that can allow our talented young players to flourish."

Southgate's last managerial position was at Middlesbrough, from 2006-2009. As well as coaching the u20s for a time he was also hired by the FA as the Football Association head of elite development, leaving the post in July 2012.  

He will report to the FA's director of elite development Dan Ashworth and will oversee the coaches with responsibility for the under-16s through to the under-20s.

Ashworth said: "Gareth shares our belief that now is an important moment for English football. It is the time for change and his ideas and experience will be crucial to the direction we wish to take the development teams in the future."

 

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