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Former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate extends deal as England U21s coach


England U21s coach Gareth Southgate has agreed a contract extension with the FA which will keep him at St. George's Park until 2017.

The former England and Middlesbrough central defender, who is also Head of National Teams, will be taking the Young Lions to this summer's European Championships in the Czech Republic.

Southgate said: "I am enjoying my work at The FA and, with St. George's Park coming to life with innovation and development across our football disciplines, I believe we now have some solid foundations in place."

"England DNA is evolving but anyone who has seen our development teams play – including the Under-21s – will know that many of the principles can already be seen in the way we go about our work. "

"Whilst I am certainly happy with the direction we are heading and the progress made so far, we have enormous work ahead of us to raise the level to where we would like to be. It is a big challenge, but an exciting one."

Dan Ashworth, Technical Director, added: "Gareth is an outstanding individual to work alongside and I am happy to see him commit further to his work with the Under-21s and to football development at The FA."

“We are looking forward to the European Championship this summer, and testing our young players against Europe’s elite."

"With Gareth in place we will hope to qualify for the 2017 European Championship to continue our players’ education and development."

"Gareth's close working relationship with Roy Hodgson is certainly helping the transition of our players through to the senior team."

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