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Name Gareth Southgate
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  England Head Coach
Desc The former defender’s biggest achievement in management thus far is bringing positivity back to the national team, a tall order after their shocking defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016. He’s chosen the best players for his system and has shown tactical nous. Unbeaten in qualification, draws in friendlies against Brazil and Spain have added to the sense something is building

Affiliation

Org English National Team
Club as Coach Middlesbrough

2005 08 16 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate on Gerrard after a Premiership game between Middlesbrough and Liverpool in 2005] Steven Gerrard was awesome today. We were just laughing in the dressing room that at one stage we thought he was heading his own crosses in

2007 03 09 Retrieve

[Middlesbrough boss and Euro 96 penalty fluffer Gareth Southgate after watching his side defeat Bristol City on spot kicks in their FA Cup replay] The players said afterwards they were better at penalties than me!

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He is the standard bearer for everyone in terms of management. You have to be a very special character to have that amount of success at a club like Manchester United

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate pays tribute to former Three Lions boss Taylor] I found him a gentleman and, as the current England manager, it is very sad to see somebody who was so proud to hold the position pass away. I think he cared about football, he had a passion for England. He has given most of his life to English football. I think you meet decent football people within the game and he was one of those, certainly somebody who had a passion for coaching and wanted to see young English coaches come through

2017 03 16 Retrieve

[Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in row with Gareth Southgate over England axe. Happy birthday, Theo, you’re dropped] I’ve got to say he wasn’t chuffed to bits to get the call. And I understand that. Did he argue his case? Yes. Quite rightly, he said: ‘I’m one of the leading goalscorers in the league.

I don’t mind being challenged on that. I totally respect that. I don’t expect him to be happy but I’ve got to make decisions and I think it was the right thing to call him to talk that through – even if the timing wasn’t great.

[The manager suggested Walcott had not done enough when he started in the qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia in October and came on as a 27th-minute substitute in the friendly against Spain in November] I don’t think he transferred his early-season form into the matches we had in October and November with England. He’s a player I still like. I’ve said to him that I’m not ruling him out but, in terms of just having him as a squad player, I think it’s a better opportunity for me to look at one or two others. With our wide players – the way we’re playing at the moment we like to get the players between the lines slightly differently. Theo is more a player who runs in behind defences

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate pays tribute to former team-mate Ugo Ehiogu] I know that football will be grieving because he was so highly respected by everybody he worked with and losing him at such a young age is difficult to come to terms with. Most importantly, he was a gentleman and he is one of those characters that people would find it difficult to have anything bad to say about him. I probably played more games with Ugo than anybody else in my career and while in many ways he was a gentle giant away from football, he was a colossus on the pitch. It felt like a true partnership with Ugo because we were prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other

2017 06 11 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate revealed in the aftermath of the 2-2 draw with Scotland, when the Joe Hart’s ‘composure’ naturally came up after conceding two free-kicks] He has been really honest about that being an area he felt he needed to develop and there is no question he has developed it. His preparation is different

Our intention was always to give someone else a game - however that looks I will have to ride that out. I am seeing a headline that says ‘Hart is not safe’…hut we need competition. Who knows who will be fit and available and too many times we have got to a tournament when a key player is not fully fit. We cannot rely on one or two players … we need players who can perform at a high level

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate pays tribute to Wayne Rooney] I’m not sure what else you have to do to become a legend. I congratulate him on a fantastic international career. We’re good at judging our players harshly. Rooney’s done everything but win a trophy with England. By that token only the guys from 1966 can be elevated to that level. I’ve got huge respect for him. I was fortunate to play with him and manage him. He’s been a pleasure to work with and I’m sure there’ll be a role for him to play in the future

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate gives his reaction to his side’s Group G opponents after the FIFA World Cup Final Draw] We know Belgium really well. Most of their players play in the English Premier League. Panama is a team we’ve never played, so for us, it’s interesting to find out more about the team. Tunisia personally takes me back to 1998 and the first game of the World Cup in France, because as a player, my first game was against them

2017 12 17 Retrieve

[Ugo Ehiogu remembered by Gareth Southgate] I first met Ugo in 1995 when I signed for Aston Villa. We were both young defenders and we played together as centre-backs. We had five years at Villa and then we both met up again at Middlesbrough, where we played together for another five seasons. The reality of a centre-back partnership is that you put your bodies on the line for each other. You get in the way, block the shots, you cover each other’s backs metaphorically and physically. We developed a really close, almost telepathic understanding of each other. But you play with someone for 10 years and ultimately so much is unspoken between you. There are so many parts of each other’s life that you know nothing about. I saw Ugo more socially at Villa. We were younger then and used to go out for dinner more often. He was a little introverted perhaps, but someone who just got on with his work in a very professional way. I remember he was meticulous about what he ate, which was a source of amusement then. Things would get sent back, but he had high standards and was single-minded enough not to worry about what people thought. Yet he was always very respectful. Although he was a quiet guy he was physically incredibly imposing. He was cut like a sculpture. One of the things when he died that hit me most was that he was just the most incredibly athletic lad. Although you understand that physical fitness doesn’t necessarily prevent a problem with the heart, it made it all the more difficult to get your head around: that someone who was the epitome of physical fitness could die so young

2018 10 06 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate on signing a new contract that will see him remain as England coach until the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar] I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments. The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour. Experiencing at first hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate expresses his disappointment over the criticism to call up Wayne Rooney for his 120th and final appearance with England next week] It’s a shame because you want it to be a fitting tribute to an outstanding player, who I think has often been undervalued in terms of how well he played for England. Hopefully, by the time we get to the game, and him being with us next week, the focus will be on ‘actually, let’s think about what he did and how well he played, and there’s an opportunity here to thank him for that’

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate is hoping Alan Shearer and Michael Owen can sort out their differences] You never like to see people falling out publicly and that’s a shame. I think in football, when you’re in high-pressure moments, inevitably, there will be events that happen. Having been involved in a relegation battle myself that same year, that’s a very tense environment, so if you then don’t have the opportunity to work beyond that then there are unresolved conversations, perhaps unresolved decisions

I’ve always been of the view of wanting to reconcile with them, you know, why not? But, everyone has got to choose their own path. Hopefully the two lads can get together and talk. I think communicating in any walk of life is the most important thing you can do. So, ideally that’s face-to-face, second best over the phone, probably not through social media but they’ve got to get on with it, they are big men and hopefully, in actual fact, if anything was festering it might actually force them to get together

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[With the match halted twice in the first half after England players complained about a spectrum of abuse including monkey chants and Nazi salutes y Bulgarian fans … The reality, of course, is that England and everyone else have underreacted to racism in football for decades] I’m incredibly proud of the players and all the staff. It’s such a difficult area as not everyone will agree we’ve gone far enough but I still believe we’ve made a huge statement. The game was stopped twice – I don’t believe that’s happened in international football

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[England’s players were subjected to racist abuse during Monday night’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia] We know it is an unacceptable situation. I think we have managed to make two statements by winning the game but also we have raised the awareness of everyone to this situation

[The England players and staff decided to finish the match during a half-time talk, but 10 minutes before the break Southgate spoke to assistant coach Steve Holland about the likelihood of the match being abandoned given the racist abuse in the Vasil Levski National Stadium. When asked which sort of punishment should be dealt] With respect, the amount I’ve had to deal with is remarkable and other people are in positions to be able to affect that. I can’t give you what would be the right answer for that, so I think clearly it has got to be dealt with differently. The sad reality is that we weren’t able to stop incidents happening, and so now something clearly within the investigation has got to take that next step with regard to that, because it’s remarkable to have such a spotlight on a game and for that all to happen. But sadly, from a societal perspective, that seems to be what we’re dealing with.

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[At the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, England players had bets on who could get most song titles into interviews. Asked about the England training camp, Gareth Southgate told Bob Wilson] It’s not exactly Club Tropicana, Bob. You are not going to get any Careless Whispers from me about the team.

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Southgate calls for more England improvement after challenging year] The quality of the game [against the Netherlands] was an important challenge for us, but also to go to Portugal and play with 20,000 England fans in the stadium and some pressure on the game, because we had the chance to win something

For our young players in particular – for quite a few of them – that’s the biggest game they’ve ever played in. Those experiences are crucial for the development of the team. It wasn’t what we wanted, there were elements of the performance that were good and we were a VAR decision of half a foot, which has now become quite commonplace, but that was one of the first we’d experienced. These are the fine margins in those big games, but as an experience the whole competition was a really good one for us.

[England won their third-place playoff game against Switzerland on penalties, a result that Southgate doesn’t underestimate] It was still important to win that penalty shootout, and again, another good experience. We came away from the whole competition with some progress having been made

In our mind we knew a lot that needed working on and it fixed our mind as a group of coaches for what needs to happen ahead of next summer in particular

[England’s players were the victim of racism in Montenegro and Bulgaria, while Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez had a falling out in November following the Liverpool and Manchester City game] They were an important moment for us as a team, that everybody felt supported and everybody felt the team were united in what they were going to do. We definitely got to that stage as the year went through

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Emergence of Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi has Southgate excited about England’s future] We knew there were some really good young players coming through our development system, but we’ve always said we’ll only put them in if we really believe they are good enough. Then maybe sometimes they might need to drop back with the U21s for a little spell and then come back in, because we don’t want to move lads up and not play them but we genuinely feel a lot of these young players are our best players in those positions. In the two November fixtures, I think the average age was just over 23, so you can see that they are a couple of years away from peeking really but they are also producing a high level of performance now. I’ve said before, the next four or five years for England with this group of players and some of the others that we know are coming from underneath, is hugely exciting

I think the tournament success we had with our U17s and U20s really alerted the public to what was going on, but we knew there were some very good players. We weren’t sure how they would marry up against the better young players around Europe and around the world, but once they had won those competitions you can genuinely say our kids are a match for those teams. Then we’ve got to get the balance right, because you need the experienced players around those youngsters to A: have the knowledge to win big matches, but B: to give those youngsters the support. When the games are going well they’ll flourish, play well and they’ll enjoy it. But when the games are more challenging or you’re behind in a game, then some young players can adapt and adjust to that immediately, but some will need time to work those things out. We have to get the balance right of leadership and experience while giving some of these young players their head, because we really think we should be investing in them for the long-term

2019 12 25 Retrieve

[Southgate would be ‘disappointed’ not to be linked to Premier League jobs] I am completely fulfilled in the role, it’s a privilege to be the manager of England. Sometimes in life we are always looking at what’s coming next and not relishing how fortunate we are to be in the position that we are in. I feel like our team can still get better, there are objectives that we still want to achieve. In the future? I know realistically that I’m not going to be England manager in 10 years’ time - I hope to be in six months’ time. Somewhere in between that, there is going to be something else. I’d be disappointed if I wasn’t linked with some of those jobs if I’m honest. I don’t worry about it because my phone has not been ringing. I think that is because people know that I am committed to the job that I am in.

[Southgate had to deal with an internal bust-up between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez during the last international break] I think there are situations as a leader, where whatever decision you make will be criticised. There are some situations where there isn’t a perfect solution and you all have to just work things out as a group. Time needs to pass. I have to make a decision that is right for the team first and foremost, and also support both of the players. There are so many people involved in a situation like that - everybody is going to have an opinion. Those that have managed or coached before understand the complexities of any situation like that. The most important thing is the team and the performance of the team. We were able to focus internally on the football very quickly and we got the results we needed and both boys got back on the pitch. They definitely came closer together and Raheem’s message when Joe got an adverse reaction at Wembley was a really powerful one. I think that bought some closure on the episode. We are dealing with young men who are going to be emotional at times. Part of the strength of some of our players is that edge that they have. Through that adversity we are stronger for it

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate was in attendance and took some time out to comment on Kane’s progress] As far as I am concerned he’s on schedule, with all the information that we’ve had we know he is progressing well. He’ll give himself the best chance of being fit by following everything to the absolute letter. I am not surprised by that news and of course, it is good to hear

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[England boss Southgate regrets ‘unfair’ Chris Smalling criticism as he opens door for possible Euro 2020 call-up] We want to play in a certain way and the players I have brought in I want to see using the ball from the back and building it up in a certain way

I’ve never ruled anybody out. I think that would be wrong. I think I said I probably regretted the way the message [came over] - by praising others for certain attributes, there was criticism for Chris. It was my fault and it was unfair on him. I think he’s done well in Italy. He’s playing at another big club. He was obviously playing at a big club before. We’re watching everybody because we’ve got to make sure we make the right decision. I spoke to him when I left him out of the squad and explained what I explained to everybody. Of course because of the way it came out, there was little point - I wasn’t going to say anything that hadn’t already been said

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Southgate ready for ‘beautiful distraction that football can bring’ as England prepare for Euro 2021] As we would have been gathering our squad for March fixtures this weekend, it felt an appropriate moment to write a message to all of our supporters. For everyone in our country, the primary focus of the present – and the coming months – is undoubtedly to look after our families, support our communities and work together to come through what is clearly the most extreme test that we’ve faced collectively in decades. On behalf of all the team and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to send our sympathies to those who have lost loved ones already. Our thoughts are with you and with those who sadly will suffer similarly in the coming period. In the way you’ve all come together to support our team, we must now work together to combat a virus that is causing physical and emotional issues to so many

We are also conscious of the economic uncertainty affecting so many businesses and, consequently, virtually every family. Coupled with the unique challenges of self-isolation, the loss of routine to normal working and social life, we face real challenges to our mental wellbeing. Our children may feel anxious with uncertainty. It’s not normal for any of us and it’s going to challenge us all.

Look out for each other. Please don’t suffer alone, and remember that our great country has come through these enormous challenges before – and, together, we will do so again.

We were due to play next week and to represent you all this summer, but now is clearly not the moment for us to take centre-stage. The heroes will be the men and women who continue working tirelessly in our hospitals and medical centres to look after our friends and families. They won’t receive the individual acclaim, but we all know their importance is beyond anything we do on the pitch.

When we play again as an England team, it will be at a time when not only our country but the rest of the world as well is on the road to recovery. Hopefully we will be closer to each other than ever, and ready for the beautiful distraction that football can bring.

To play in a European Championship next summer will still be possible for all of our squad and so we shouldn’t spend another moment thinking about the postponement of the competition. I feel sure that, when that moment comes, I will never have been prouder to be the leader. Again on behalf of us all, I wish you and your families strength and love to thrive through the challenges ahead

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate penned an open letter to England fans laying out the unprecedented challenges their nation and the world now face due to COVID-19] We were due to play next week and to represent you all this summer but now is clearly not the moment for us to take centre stage. The heroes will be the men and women who continue working tirelessly in our hospitals and medical centres to look after our friends and families. They won’t receive the individual acclaim but we all know their importance is beyond anything we do on the pitch

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate believes the sky’s the limit for Rashford] He is [a special talent]. We have to remember that I don’t think Harry [Kane], at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs, really

Some of the stepovers and things Ronaldo was doing at that age, he wasn’t converting them into the number of goals, so we have got to give him time to develop

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Southgate believes the hindrance of black coaches and staff is football’s ‘biggest crime’ and called for the career path to be equal for all] I think Ashley Cole is developing very well and on a similar route to what Steven did – in that Steven worked in Liverpool’s academy for a couple of years. On a broader scale, we lack that representation. The biggest crime for us in any area, if we’re adults looking at kids, is if they sit and think that a path in life isn’t possible. And is not accessible. I heard Jermain Defoe say a few days ago: ‘Is it worth me taking my [coaching] qualifications?’. We have to avoid the feeling that you can’t achieve something because that stops some people going for it. We have to make sure the opportunity is there when people are qualified and capable. And then, of course, they have to grasp that opportunity. If they can do well, they’ll role model what’s possible to the next generation

I know that I got an opportunity at Middlesbrough when I wasn’t qualified. That came because I had worked at the club and the owner knew me. But I couldn’t say that opportunity would have been there for somebody else. And I think we are all very conscious of it

The power of what is happening at the moment is that people are standing together and these observations, these deeper-seated issues are rightly leading to the broader debate on opportunity, on privilege, and it’s important people speak out. I do feel there is a moment for change but I’m also conscious that we’ve been here before. People have spoken brilliantly over the last week – people like Troy Townsend, Chris Grant and David Olusoga. A lot of that will be uncomfortable for white people, in particular, but they are critical voices to be heard. It’s also important to hear from white voices because ultimately they are going to be in the positions to open up opportunity. We are the ones who have to be educated

2020 06 09b Retrieve

If I look at his age and his contribution, he’s learning the game, he’s slowly maturing - there are bits he’s still got to learn - and he has some fantastic role models in Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, not only in terms of how they play but also their professionalism, their desire and hunger

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Southgate on his centre-back] We haven’t got a great amount of strength in depth at centre-back at the moment

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate believes any decision Jadon Sancho makes about his future will benefit England] From a personal point of view, for England, whichever route opens up is positive. He’ll play at Dortmund, he is well looked after by the staff and they give the right messages. There isn’t a downside for us if he stays with Dortmund but if we see him in the Premier League that brings different opportunities to see him in a different environment and how he adapts to that. The most important thing is that he keeps playing regularly, at his age that’s key to him learning and improving. The key is he has to play football. The beauty of him playing at Dortmund is he has played regularly and he has played in a team expected to hit a certain level. Champions League football is another bonus and that need to be challenging Bayern Munich all the way. The Premier League would provide him with a different challenge, the depth of the league is a bit more intense - in terms of the quality

2020 06 13b Retrieve

[Southgate says individual mistakes will not end international careers but he is keeping tabs on the players] I won’t judge people purely on what’s happened now but we build a picture of evidence. When dealing with young men there will always be transgressions and I will never make a decision on someone based on one mistake or one misjudgement. Equally, I don’t miss much and you are constantly judging and assessing people and building a picture of what you’re going to be working with. We judge on the field and off the field, what’s the character and personality? We’ll be away for a lockdown of 40 to 60 days if we’re going to a tournament, how are those people going to cope with that? Are they dedicated enough? Professional enough? I’m not going to not pick somebody because of something that has happened in this period but we have a picture forming all the time of people’s lives and where they are at. Character is important, if we are going to be a winning team

2020 06 13c Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate on Black Lives Matter] The power of what is happening at the moment is that people are standing together and these observations, these deeper-seated issues are rightly leading to the broader debate on opportunity, on privilege, and it’s important people speak out. People have spoken brilliantly over the last week. A lot of that will be uncomfortable for white people, in particular, but they are critical voices to be heard. It’s also important to hear from white voices because ultimately they are going to be in the positions to open up opportunity. We are the ones who have to be educated

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has seen Sancho transfer his club form at Dortmund to the international stage with England, but warned the young winger that Premier League football is far more competitive than the Bundesliga when discussing his future earlier this month] Gareth Southgate has seen Sancho transfer his club form at Dortmund to the international stage with England, but warned the young winger that Premier League football is far more competitive than the Bundesliga when discussing his future earlier this month

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Jadon Sancho: Manchester United will not pay more than £50m for England winger] He’s a very talented young player - that’s clear. I think the interesting challenge is that Bayern [Munich] are the best team in the Bundesliga; RB Leipzig and Dortmund are performing well but the gap when you then work down the league is an interesting one when you compare it to the Premier League. Any step for Sancho is going to be a challenge but he’s developing really well

If I look at his age and his contribution, he’s learning the game, he’s slowly maturing - there are bits he’s still got to learn - and he has some fantastic role models in Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, not only in terms of how they play but also their professionalism, their desire and hunger