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Gareth Southgate: I want an England team to be proud of

Gareth Southgate was named manager on Wednesday. Photo: PA

New England manager Gareth Southgate says he wants to create an exciting team that the country can be proud of.

After four games in temporary charge, the former Middlesbrough boss was confirmed as the full-time manager on Wednesday.

"I'd like an England team that excites the public, that supporters look forward to watching & are ultimately proud of."

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Southgate said he was honoured to earn the role after four games as caretaker following Sam Allardyce's departure.

"It's a fantastic honour, a fantastic opportunity to help a young team develop over the next few years. There's huge potential.

"I've had a great insight into what the job entails. I don't think any job is impossible. Some are harder, more complex."

When asked about who will take up roles in his backroom staff, Southgate said: "We're hoping to make some announcements on that soon, we're working towards it."

It is expected that Steve Holland will take up a role within the national set-up, likely to be made full-time at the end of the season.

Wayne Rooney has already had a run-in with Southgate. Credit: PA

Southgate confirmed Wayne Rooney will continue as captain, but gave a cautionary note that he cannot be expected to start every game, meaning the team will require to produce more leaders.

"Wayne is England captain," he said.

"I think I said that at the beginning of the interim period but what's also clear is I've only selected him to start in two of the four matches we've had.

"Obviously it's not the case that Wayne expects to play every game. It's important for me to develop more leaders in that group.

"If we're going to be successful we need to develop leadership, develop resilience and that's one of the key areas.

"Wayne has played an important part for England up to this point and I'm sure he can do that in the future but we also have to develop others."

Despite reports to the contrary, Southgate confirmed there was no break clause after the 2018 World Cup in his four-year contract.