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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 08 30 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has issued a warning to the squad about their futures, citing the omission of veteran Kyle Walker as an example that no player is safe] That challenge is there for all of them, and whether they are younger or older, don’t assume anything, because I think everyone has to keep performing if we’re to challenge the best teams and that’s how we are going to develop. They’ve got to play well and it’s going to be harder to get in, because you can see the players we’ve had to leave out who’ve got a lot of caps between them, high-level players, we know there are some others around the fringes that could be close. And we know that there are some more young ones coming that are going to push that as

Without getting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s head too big, too quickly, he’s got to be one of those we look to integrate and give more opportunity to. So, it’s a bit like at a club, if we don’t make a pathway, then when are you ever going to put them in? With Aaron Wan-Bissaka, [we’ve got] a completely different kind of player so we’ve got Trips [Kieran Trippier] as a bit of cover around that and there’s no point bringing Kyle in if the intention is not to start him in the games. He’s a senior player and he’ll value the rest and recovery as much as anything else. But, we could be in a different space in four weeks’ time because, as I said, he’s started the season very well, he’s obviously got competition for his place at his club, and we’ve got that here

2019 09 01 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate says his young England team is not haunted by failure in the way other players have been] I think when we first took over there was a group who had been scarred a little bit by disappointment, and there was maybe a limit with how much we could shift with that. I think those that have been with us over a period of time now have had far more positive experiences, so we don’t really have players who are haunted in England shirts. [But] we’ve had disappointments at the very latter stages of big matches

[Southgate believes his team must remain committed to playing the ball out of the back] We have always maintained that to be a top team you have to be able to handle the ball from the goalkeeper right the way through. A couple of the goals we conceded [in the Nations League] had nothing to do with whether we play out from the back or not, thank heavens. And so they mustn’t lose faith in that, but equally, we had that a little bit against the Dutch and we went short too often and didn’t mix the game up. I think that to mix the game up … to be adaptable and recognise those decisions, to recognise those opportunities, is good play. I think that there is a requirement to entertain and to produce a style of play that people will watch. We have to try to achieve all of those things

2019 09 01b Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has explained why he selected Jesse Lingard in his latest England squad] I think you’d have to say I’ve seen him have better spells for United. I think Ole has a young, energetic team, and I think Jesse’s pressing and the energy he brings to that has been an important part of what they’ve tried to do in the first few games. The inclusion of Jesse for us is partly because his form for us has always been good. I know there was stats on his goals. He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury – two starts and two off the bench. He scored two and had a goal disallowed when he came on in the Nations League game. He had a very good World Cup.

When you’re selecting a team, there’s half an eye on club form but also I don’t remember a game where he’s been really poor for us. He has different attributes. I think for him and for everybody else, there is serious competition and if they aren’t scoring for us or they aren’t scoring for their clubs, that can make things more difficult. But, equally, I think it’s good that we support him at this moment, in that you could argue club-wise, he’s on the fringes and whether he should be ahead of others. But I don’t think there are too many that we haven’t included that should be ahead of him, and his performance for us has been very, very good

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Southgate demands England players maintain intensity to keep places] We need to keep ramping up the pressure. We know we won’t have as many high-pressure experiences in the next eight months or so, unless we start to make problems for ourselves with qualifying. So we have to bring that intensity to every training session. We’ve decided we need to challenge everybody more and more, not accept any taking the foot off the gas. The players understand that challenge, they want the challenge. I must not overreact to everything that happened that night against Holland (in the Nations League semi-final) - but we made too many errors in a big game. We know we will improve if our work’s right and our mentality is right. You have to constantly improve, tweak different patterns, constantly improve the detail. All the time, you’ve got to be on top of all of those things

[Southgate believes that the intense comptition for places will prove motivator enough for his players in the matches to come] The players have their own motivation. But in the end, competition for places is a pretty good motivator. If you know there are people that can come into the team, that there are decisions with one player or the other and form and fitness at any given time that can determine who gets in. The younger guys now are after the older ones - the older ones are still proud and want to stay in, and that’s a really healthy situation

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[England vs Bulgaria. Despite facing a side ranked well over 50 places beneath them in FIFA’s latest list, Southgate still feels that his side are capable of falling victim to any opponent] I think we’ve got everything to prove in terms of where we’re pitched in world rankings. I think we’re competitive against any team, but equally I think there are a number of teams who, on their day - as was proven in the summer - are capable of beating us. We have to keep striving to improve and I think the mentality of the team is to do that, they’re hungry to do that, they want to do that, they want to keep learning, we want to keep pushing each other every day in training, and if we do that, we’ll take those performances onto the field. So for us, I’m looking forward to the new international season, if you like

[One man expected to feature heavily over the next three years will be Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho] Jadon Sancho, in terms of his game, is hugely exciting in terms of his balance, the quality of his crosses. He gets into areas behind defences and the way that Dortmund play is a significant part of that. He plays lots of those low crosses across the six-yard box. What I really like is his decision-making. When he’s moving at speed, he’s able to get his head up and make the right decisions in terms of weight of pass, which pass is the best one to pick out. And that’s not an easy thing to do when you’re travelling at speed with the ball

2019 09 07b Retrieve

[Jesse Lingard has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo through illness] We decided to send [Jesse] home. He hasn’t been able to train the last couple of days. We don’t think he’ll be ready for Tuesday

[Southgate also revealed that he has no intention of bringing in cover for Lingard] We’ve still got 23 players [so won’t call up a replacement for Lingard].

[Lingard is another to have missed out on a chance to prove his worth amid a testing period for the 26-year-old] I think you’d have to say I’ve seen him have better spells for United. I think Ole has a young, energetic team, and I think Jesse’s pressing and the energy he brings to that has been an important part of what they’ve tried to do in the first few games. The inclusion of Jesse for us is partly because his form for us has always been good. I know there were stats on his goals. He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury - two starts and two off the bench. He scored two and had a goal disallowed when he came on in the Nations League game. He had a very good World Cup.

When you’re selecting a team, there’s half an eye on club form but also I don’t remember a game where he’s been really poor for us. He has different attributes. I think for him and for everybody else, there is serious competition and if they aren’t scoring for us or they aren’t scoring for their clubs, that can make things more difficult. But, equally, I think it’s good that we support him at this moment, in that you could argue club-wise, he’s on the fringes and whether he should be ahead of others. But I don’t think there are too many that we haven’t included that should be ahead of him, and his performance for us has been very, very good

2019 09 07c Retrieve

[Southgate pleased with England’s ‘exciting’ attacking play in Euro 2020 qualification win over Bulgaria] In a game like this you have got to make sure the concentration is right. I always felt we had enough firepower to win the game. I’m not sure it’s complacency - every team will have some moments, you just have to make sure you see the runs, but I’m generally pleased - some of our attacking play at times was really exciting

[The 49-year-old Southgate admitted that the Bulgarian tactics caused his team some problems] I think it [England’s performance] improved as the game went on. We didn’t need to over-complicate things. We looked dangerous, at times we took a few too many touches. Their formation caused us problems out of possession as well

2019 09 07d 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 09 08 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate is delighted with the progress of England’s youngsters] I think the most important thing to say is we’re not doing it for wallpaper, they’re in because they deserve to be in. Mason’s performances already this season for his club, then in training this week and then when he went into the game – he’s a threat to the starting team. That is hugely encouraging for us, we know that with a lot of these lads their best years are probably three, four or five seasons away. We’ve got to get the balance right, keep on winning matches and blood those players at the right times. But English fans should be hugely excited when they see the likes of him and Sancho coming on and the impact they can have already, and we love working with them. It’s not just the mentality that’s good, they’ve got talent, they want to get better and it’s up to them how far they go

[Walker’s fellow City defender John Stones is also absent] In terms of the team for the Euros, it’s difficult to say. A lot of our players still only have a handful of caps, some are improving rapidly. The great thing is we’ve got genuine competition for places. We’ve got four or five guys who you would expect to see on the team sheet but outside of that it’s very difficult to call in a number of positions. Ahead of the World Cup, in the September-October period, Kieran Trippier had one cap, Jordan Pickford had one perhaps, Harry Maguire hadn’t played. So that was three who got to a World Cup semi-final, and they all had outstanding tournaments for us, so we’ve always got to have that open mind

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has expressed his belief that Marcus Rashford does his best work in wider areas] For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a no .9, but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work. Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us, he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress. A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up. If he plays as a no. 9, he will play it differently to Harry, but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line. I don’t think that’s a problem; we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in

2019 09 09b Retrieve

[A comments made by Southgate in the wake of England’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria, which saw Harry Kane grab a hat-trick] For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus Rashford to be that option as a No .9, but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work. Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress. A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up. If he plays as a No. 9, he will play it differently to Harry, but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line. I don’t think that’s a problem; we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in

2019 09 09c Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has confirmed Harry Kane will start against Kosovo on Tuesday] In the summer we decided that he wasn’t ready to start, so I don’t think you can have a player that is undroppable, because that is a dangerous route for any team and it is not a healthy position for a player. But it is safe to say we won’t be dropping him for tomorrow. His level of performance is so high that dropping him would be a rare occurrence. We might freshen the team a bit, that will be important. We don’t need to, everyone is fit and available. We need to make sure we get the balance right. We need to get the right attacking and defending profiles to make sure we win the game

[Southgate is wary of the threat posed by a second-placed Kosovo side, who have already defeated Czech Republic in Group A] We are expecting a different sort of challenge to Saturday - but one we are looking forward to. It will be a very different style of game. Kosovo will be very high pressing, hard working, a more attacking threat than we faced on Saturday. Maybe there will be more space to play up front. Whatever we learned from Saturday’s game this is a completely different challenge

[Southgate gave praise to midfielder Declan Rice for the way he has dealt with social media abuse directed towards him] When I spoke with Declan about the possibility of him transferring association across, I was very conscious that this was something that could happen. That is why I wanted to tread very carefully, to make sure him and his family had all the time they needed to make a decision. I never pushed, because I suspected that this would be part of the consequences of that. I think he has dealt with everything incredibly maturely

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[England vs Kosovo. Kosovo are undefeated in their last 15 games, and though England impressed as they eased past Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday courtesy of a Harry Kane treble, Southgate is not taking anything for granted for his World Cup semi-finalists] It will be a very different style of game. Kosovo will be very high pressing, hard working, a more attacking threat than we faced on Saturday. Maybe there will be more space to play up front. Whatever we learned from Saturday’s game this is a completely different challenge

2019 09 10b Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate said that England made poor defensive mistakes in Tuesday’s thrilling 5-3 defeat of Kosovo and has demanded that his side improve] It had its moments! A bizarre game really. There were obvious poor errors for goals but I’m really pleased with the composure we showed. We had devastating attacking play throughout and we used the ball well. The mistakes were obvious, the errors, we have to be better. The players don’t need me to tell them that. The outstanding parts of our play were obvious, the errors were obvious

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Southgate hails Sterling but expresses concern over England’s ‘crazy errors’ against Kosovo] Our attacking play from Raheem, Jadon and Harry was outstanding. Raheem’s two performances have been of the highest level. I think he’s been almost unstoppable, his awareness of where defenders were, his ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal, and unselfish play as well, so I couldn’t speak highly enough of the way he played

Jadon – you know we were talking about the three on Saturday – Jadon’s performance was at that level as well. He worked really hard for the team without the ball and showed the ability he has to go pa