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Gareth Southgate confirmed as new permanent England manager

Gareth Southgate is the new England manager. Photo: PA

The Football Association have confirmed the appointment of Gareth Southgate as the new England manager on a permanent basis.

Former Middlesbrough boss Southgate was placed in temporary charge of the national team after Sam Allardyce's premature exit from the role.

He has signed a four-year deal with the FA after winning two and drawing two of the games he had as interim manager.

Southgate didn't lose any of his four games in charge. Credit: PA

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."

Southgate is not a stranger to the international scene, having managed the Under-21 team and winning 57 caps for England as a player.

Southgate began his managerial career at Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "We are delighted to confirm Gareth as England manager. He’s obviously somebody we know well but it’s his understanding of international football and the development set-up at St. George’s Park that is important.

"He performed extremely well during the four games he was in temporary charge and he impressed us during a tough interview process.

"Gareth is a great ambassador for what The FA stands for, he’s a very good football tactician and a leader but beneath that he’s a winner and that’s an important part of the job."

Southgate and Martin Glenn. Credit: Getty

During his short tenure he has already had to deal with the controversy of captain Wayne Rooney being pictured at 5am in the morning after a long drinking session while on international duty.

He will need to be at his pragmatic best when dealing with the star names of the national team, but his words indicate he is up to the challenge.