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England manager Gareth Southgate was born in Watford in 1970. It's fair to say that he has been a revelation since his instalment as England boss in 2016 - he is widely accredited with restoring the 'feel good' factor back in the English camp and mending the previously broken-down relationship between players and fans.
Before his managerial career took flight, Southgate was a player. Employed primarily as a defender but also capable of playing a midfield role, Southgate began his youth career with Crystal Palace. He was a loyal servant for Palace, playing over 150 times and scoring 15 from right-back/central-midfield. Southgate was given the armband by the Palace manager and, under his captaincy, they achieved promotion to the Premier League by virtue of winning the First Division title in the 1993/94 season. He would continue to play for the club for another season but after Palace were relegated, Southgate felt it would be best to seek a move that would allow him to continue playing in the top-flight.
He subsequently swapped London for Birmingham and moved to Villa in 1995. His time with the Villains was an immediate success, he won the Football League Cup in 1996 after his side beat Leeds 3-0 at Wembley in the final. Southgate’s exploits at club level were widely recognised and he had become a permanent fixture in the England set up by this time. At Euro 96, hosted in England, Southgate played every single minute of England’s matches in the tournament up until their semifinal penalty heartbreak against Germany. After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, Southgate became the only player to miss his spot-kick. Despite this, Euro 96 is still remembered as one of England’s finest hours since the World Cup win in 1966 and Southgate’s legacy with the national side has, of course, recovered.
Southgate played also at the 1998 World Cup in France where England were again beaten on penalties, this time by Argentina in the last 16 – Southgate did not take a spot-kick this time. Back on the domestic stage, Southgate nearly got his third taste of silverware in the 1999/20 as Aston Villa reached the FA Cup final but were unfortunately overcome by Chelsea by one goal to nil.
After the end of the 2000/01 season, Southgate moved on to Middlesbrough where he would stay for a total of eight years, five as a player and three as manage. Southgate quickly became a fan favourite with Boro, captaining the side after the departure of Paul Ince. With the side, Southgate was part of the first team to win a trophy in the club's entire history as they beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium in the League Cup final in 2004. His time with the club was a consistent success, he also captained the team during their unprecedented run to the UEFA Cup final (later rebranded the 'Europa League') in 2006 - Boro beat, Roma, Basel and Club Brugge on the way. Sadly, they were vanquished 4-0 by Sevilla in the tournaments final game.
This cup run earned the then Boro manager Steve McClarren a dream move to become England manager, after which Southgate decided to retire and become the manager of Boro. As manager, Southgate’s time at the Riverside was mixed; in his first season, he guided them to creditable 12th placed finish and achieved mid-table safety again the following season. In 2008/09 however, Southgate was unable to guide Boro to safety as the club were relegated to the Championship after finishing second bottom.
He was not sacked however and remained with the side in the Championship. He would remain with the club until October that season when he was then dismissed despite Boro being a single point off the top spot in the league.
After four years away from the game, Southgate was appointed as manager of the England under-21 team. This would be his first position in the national setup where he remains to this day. He qualified the youngsters for the finals of the European Under-21 Championship but they were disappointingly knocked out in the group stage, winning just one game.
After Sam Allardyce's controversial sacking, Southgate was placed in temporary charge of the senior team in 2016. His permanent appointment was met with scepticism but his time with the team has been incredibly successful. Last summer he took England to the semifinals of the World Cup and then later lead them to the same stage in the newly formed UEFA Nations League.