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Top facts about Gareth Southgate, the Nord

Gareth Southgate is a retired defender and midfielder who manages the England national team. From 2016, he has served as England's national squad coach. Here you can read about the most important facts about Gareth Southgate, the English coach.

Gareth Southgate OBE is born on the 3rd September of 1970, meaning that

Gareth Southgate age

is 51. Since June 2006 until October 2009, Southgate was the coach of Middlesbrough. He also coached England's under-21 squad from 2013 to 2016, before replacing Sam Allardyce as England's national team coach in 2016.

He claimed the League Cup with both

Aston Villa

and Middlesbrough (in 1995–96 and 2003–04, respectively), and led Crystal Palace to the First League title in 1993–94. Gareth Southgate age is 50 years.

Southgate was the third boss (after Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson) to lead England to a World Cup semi-final in his debut campaign as boss, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, earning him the BBC Sports Man of the Year Manager Trophy.

He became the first England coach to reach the final of a European Championship and any international competition final since 1966 at UEFA Euro 2020; England ultimately lost in a penalty shootout to Italy.

Top facts about Gareth Southgate:

The first

fact about Gareth Southgate

is that he represented Villa in the 2000 FA Cup Final and Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Championship Final throughout 1995 and 2004, Southgate earned 57 matches for the England senior side.

In the 1996 European Championships, he started every match for England, but his penalty miss knocked them out in the semi-finals. He also competed in the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European Games in 2000. After more than 500 league matches, his playing career came to an end in May 2006 at the age of 35.

Gareth Southgate early life

Gareth Southgate was born in Watford, England, on the 3rd of September 1970. His mom, Barbara Southgate, and dad, Clive Southgate, welcomed him into the world.

The creation of Gareth South Gate depicts how a "posh" kid who aspired to be a journalist overcame insults about his nose to become the manager of his nation. Southgate entered Hazelwick Academy in Crawley, West Sussex, as a youngster and later completed nine O-Levels.

Speaking about

Gareth Southgate childhood

, it should be mentioned that despite his brilliance, he was able to integrate studies and athletics when he joined in the Crystal Palace academy. He started at right back and later moved to center midfield throughout his time there.

In his early days at


, Southgate was unaffected. He went down to business with his football, demonstrating a strong work ethic. It was far from guaranteed that he would make it to the professional ranks, since the club had a plethora of excellent young players.

Southgate, on the other hand, advanced through the age levels, captaining almost every Palace team he was a part of. It's worth noting that Southgate was still a joker at Palace. On overseas trips, he was renowned for his ability to organize bar stops and card schools while being teased about the size of his nose.

Gareth Southgate personal life

An important

fact about Gareth Southgate

is that in July 1997, he married Alison Bird at St Nicholas's Cathedral in Worth, and the pair has 2 kids. In the 2019 New Years Orders, Southgate was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for contributions to soccer. During the COVID-19 epidemic in April 2020, he decided to accept a 30% pay reduction. He was a

Manchester United F.C.

fan as a kid.

Starting with the 2018 World Cup, England fans adopted the chorus of English pop girl duo Atomic Kitten's 2001 hit song "Whole Again" as a chant for Southgate. Celtic supporters have already modified the song in honor of defender Mikael Lustig earlier in the 2017–18 campaign

Southgate co-wrote Woody & Nord: A Soccer Relationship with his close friend Andy Woodman in 2003. This book chronicles an ongoing relationship that began in the Crystal Palace junior squad and has endured despite Southgate and Woodman's radically different professional careers. The National Sporting Club awarded the book the Sports Book of the Year award in 2004.

Gareth Southgate professional career

The Watford-born midfielder-turned-center back made 57 appearances for England, spanning three major tournaments. Southgate skippered all three of his clubs, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, and



Gareth Southgate’s playing career ended in May 2006 at the age of 35, after more than 500 league appearances. Southgate was manager of Middlesbrough from June 2006 until October 2009. He also managed the England under-21 team from 2013 to 2016, before becoming the England national team manager in 2016, succeeding Sam Allardyce.

Gareth Southgate club career

Southgate, who was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, started his career with Crystal Palace, where he played right back and later center midfield. He was named captain and guided the team to the First Division championship in 1993–94.

He went to Aston Villa for £2.5 million after the South London team was relegated from the Premier League after 152 appearances in four seasons. At Palace, he was known as 'Nord,' because one of the coaches compared his exact speaking style to Denis Norden's vocal delivery.

Aston Villa

Gareth Southgate was switched to a center-back at Aston Villa and was part of a strong defense. He won the League Cup in his debut year and Aston Villa advanced for the UEFA Cup. During the 1998–99 Premier League season, Southgate appeared in every game.

He returned to Villa for the 1999–2000 campaign, helping the club to the FA Cup Final, but put in a transfer request shortly before Euro 2000, saying that "if I am to succeed in my career, it is time to go on."


Southgate joined Middlesbrough for £6.5 million on July 11, 2001. He was the first acquisition by Steve McClaren, who he recognized as an England coach, and he signed a four-year contract.

A notable fact about Gareth Southgate is that he was named Middlesbrough leader in July 2002, after the departure of Paul Ince to Wolverhampton Wanderers. When Boro beat

Bolton Wanderers

in the 2004 Football League Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium on February 29, 2004, he became the first Boro captain in the club's 128-year existence to hoist a prize.

Southgate denied reports in the media that he was poised to join Manchester United after Rio Ferdinand's suspension for failing to show up for a drug test in January 2004.

He subsequently signed a contract with Middlesbrough for the remainder of his playing career, which lasted until 2007. Boro fell 4–0 to Sevilla in the 2006 UEFA Cup Last at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, which was his final outing as a professional player.

Gareth Southgate international playing career

Southgate earned his England start as a replacement versus Portugal in December 1995, under Terry Venables' supervision. Southgate completed every second of England's games as they advanced to the UEFA Euro 1996 semi-finals, when they met Germany.

Southgate's penalty was blocked, and England was disqualified when Andreas Möller converted the following German penalty. Later that year, Southgate made light of his gaffe by starring in a Pizza Hut commercial with Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle, both of whom had missed key penalties.

An important fact about Gareth Southgate is that he also competed in the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the UEFA Euro 2000 tournaments. In September 2002, he earned his 50th cap in a 1–1 tie with Portugal at Villa Park.

On June 11, 2003, he competed versus Middlesbrough attacker Szilárd Németh for the entire 90 minutes in a 2–1 Euro 2004 qualification victory over Slovakia at his club's Riverside Arena.

Southgate has 57 caps for England and has two goals to his name. His first goal came in a Euro 2000 qualification versus


on October 14, 1998, and his second came in a match versus South Africa on May 22, 2003. He is the most capped England player for Aston Villa, having appeared in 42 of his 57 internationals while at the club.

Gareth Southgate coaching career

Middlesbrough coach Steve McClaren departed the team in June 2006 to take over as England coach succeeding Sven-Göran Eriksson. Although Martin O'Neill was the early favorite for the next job, president Steve Gibson selected Southgate to replace McClaren and he signed a five-year deal with the club.


He could only be hired for 12 weeks since he lacked the necessary technical credentials (the UEFA Pro Licence) to lead an upper edge team but he was permitted to continue on as coach after obtaining a temporary permission from the Premier League committee in November 2006. Middlesbrough successfully claimed that Southgate had missed out on the training courses since he had recently been an international player. Southgate went on to finish his coaching credentials.

A notable fact about Gareth Southgate is that he was given the job of reconstructing a team that had lost many main individuals at the conclusion of the preceding championship campaign including Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Doriva. His debut acquisition as a coach came on July 12th, when Herold Goulon arrived from Lyon for an undisclosed fee.

Southgate's first period in control saw the team win some exciting games at home, but lose away from home to all three newly promoted sides. Furthermore, it took until January for the team to win their first away match of the tournament, a 3–1 triumph at an out-of-form Charlton Athletic, their first away win since April of the previous year.

An important fact about Gareth Southgate career is that every round of the FA Cup that the club competed in required a replay. Manchester United ultimately knocked them out of the tournament in the sixth round, losing 3–2 on aggregate. Middlesbrough technically completed more competitive matches than the preceding season's winners


, with to every possible match going to a repeat.

Middlesbrough was quite active throughout both signing periods with Jonathan Woodgate coming from

Real Madrid

for a £7 million fee; Woodgate had played regularly for the club on loan during the previous league campaign. The club's pre-season preparation for the 2008–09 campaign was poor. The team's net expenditures were virtually zero due to significant expenditure the previous season.

Moreover, club legend Mark Schwarzer left the team after 11 years, having joined Premier League competitors Fulham on the cessation of his contract.

Additionally, main players such as George Boateng and Lee Cattermole also left the club once more having left Southgate with a rebuilding challenging task to alter Middlesbrough's prosperity Southgate became just the second person after Stuart Pearce to win both the Player and Manager of the Month honours, and the first Middlesbrough manager.

An important

fact about Gareth Southgate

is that after an away victory over an in-form Aston Villa, a previous playing team of Southgate's, in November 2008, Middlesbrough climbed to eighth place in the league.

Nevertheless, Middlesbrough went fourteen games without a win until beating Liverpool 2–0 at home on February 28, 2009. President Steve Gibson weighed out on Southgate's fate on March 24, saying that firing him would not "improve the issue".

Due to other outcomes, Middlesbrough's Premier League condition came down to the final day: they required relegation competitors

Newcastle United

and Hull City to lose, with the latter needing a five-goal advantage in goal difference.

Middlesbrough faced West Ham United away from home, and the season finished in a 2–1 surrender, verifying Middlesbrough's relegation to the Championship after eleven seasons.

Middlesbrough's Championship season got off to a good start, putting them in position to return to the Premier League right away. Southgate was fired as coach on October 20, 2009, soon after a 2–0 win against Derby County and with the team in fourth position.

His rejection was questionable because he had led Middlesbrough to within one point of first place, though chairperson Gibson mentioned that the choice was made in the best interests of the team weeks prior. He was replaced by Gordon Strachan, who was unable to return the team to the Top Division.

England Under-21s

Southgate decided to return to soccer coaching on August 22, 2013, when he secured a three-year deal to replace Stuart Pearce as coach of the England under-21 squad.  In the transitional time leading up to Southgate's hiring, seniors squad coach Roy Hodgson led the side to a 6–0 win against Scotland.

The Young Lions defeated Moldova 1–0 in a UEFA European Championship qualifying match due to a goal from forward Saido Berahino in his first game in charge.

A notable fact about Gareth Southgate is that he would go on to guide his side to the 2015 European Cup finals; unfortunately, their good fortune would not last, as they placed last in their narrow-pointed division, and were therefore eliminated from the tournament.

Jesse Lingard netted the lone goal in a 1–0 win over


, who went on to qualify for the elimination round of the tournament. Southgate stated in June 2016 that he did not wish to replace the vacancy left by Hodgson in the England senior squad.

England Senior Team

After Sam Allardyce quit after one match owing to the 2016 English football controversy, Southgate was appointed as the interim manager of the senior England squad on September 27, 2016. England was still in the process of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

After victory 2–0 versus Malta in his first match in command, Southgate's England went on to tie 0–0 with Slovenia, defeat Scotland 3–0, and drew 2–2 with Spain in his last match in interim control, despite leading 2–0 and surrendering goals in the 89th and 96th minutes. Southgate's time as caretaker manager came to an end on November 15th, and he was hired on a long term basis two weeks later when he signed a four-year deal.

With a 1–0 home victory against Slovenia on October 5, 2017, England advanced for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Southgate's future as English coach was assured by the Football Association in December, even if the side did not advance beyond the group phase of the competition characterizing their expectations as "reasonable" and the tourney as "a very crucial staging post for our growth."

Southgate's England team defeated


4–3 on penalties in the round of 16 following a 1–1 draw on 3 July 2018 to earn his country's first ever World Cup penalty shoot-out win and a spot in the quarter-finals, after qualifying behind Belgium in their World Cup pool.

Southgate's England team defeated Sweden 2–0 in the quarter-finals on July 7, 2018, making him the first England coach to enter the World Cup semi-finals since Sir Bobby Robson in 1990. Southgate has gained a lot of respect from England supporters as a result of his achievements.

Supporters dressed up in waistcoats for the semi-final against Croatia in honor of Southgate's famous waistcoat, which he wore throughout England's games: store Marks & Spencer recorded a 35% spike in waistcoat sales. On Twitter, the hashtag 'WaistcoatWednesday' trended.  In honor of Southgate's accomplishment, Southgate tube station in Enfield, London, was renamed "Gareth Southgate" for two days a week after the race ended.

A notable fact about Gareth Southgate is that he was also praised for his human characteristics shown throughout the World Cup, notably comforting Colombian player Mateus Uribe, whose missed penalty had given England the victory.

Southgate's England team was defeated 2–1 by Croatia in extra time in the semi-finals on July 11, 2018. England took the lead with a free kick from Kieran Trippier, but Ivan Perisic's goal sent the match into extra time. In the second half of extra time, Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winning goal. With England behind, England played the last 10 minutes of extra time with ten men when Trippier was injured after Southgate had used all of his allowed substitutes.

England finished fourth in the World Cup after losing 2–0 to Belgium in the third-place play-off.  Harry Kane, a forward and England captain, was also named the tournament's best goal scorer, winning the Golden Boot.

In the first UEFA Nations League, Southgate led England to third place. They accomplished it by winning a group that included Spain and Croatia. It was their first win in Spain in 31 years, when they defeated the Spanish 3–2.  After losing 3–1 to the Holland in the semi-final, they went on to defeat


6–5 in a penalty shootout after the game ended goalless.

It was the first time England had finished third in a big global competition since UEFA Euro 1968. England won Group D at UEFA Euro 2020, defeating Croatia 1–0 to open the European Championship with a victory for England, drawing Scotland 0–0, and defeating the Czech Republic 1–0, with winger

Raheem Sterling

netting both goals.

England beat Germany 2–0 in the round of 16 at Wembley Stadium, with two late strikes from Sterling and Harry Kane, their second elimination stage victory at the European Championships following a penalty shootout victory over Spain in UEFA Euro 1996.

This was also their first knockout match victory against Germany since the 1966 World Cup Final.  His English side then defeated Ukraine 4-0 in the quarter-final game at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, advancing to the semi-finals of a major tournament for just the sixth time. England defeated Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final at Wembley Field advancing to the finals of the European Championships for the first time. 

It was just the second time England had reached the final of a major event. England had a 1-0 lead in the final thanks to a goal from defender Luke Shaw, but Italy's Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th minute. England lost the match 3-2 on penalties after the scores were tied at the end of extra time.

Gareth Southgate coaching style

An important fact about Gareth Southgate is that he is a trustworthy and well-liked leader. He's been in the players' shoes, knows what's on their minds, and is familiar with the variety of difficulties they're likely to encounter. He's in the ideal position to lead the club, and he has the support of both players and fans, who trust in him because he's done it before.

Southgate understands that his players have views, and he encourages them to share them. It's safe to assume that some football managers will have opposing viewpoints. Perhaps this is why some sportsmen 'lose the dressing room,' as they abandon their ideology.

Your ability to bounce back from setbacks reflects your strength and drive as a prospective leader. “I've learned a million things from the day and the years that have preceded it,” Southgate said of Euro 96. “The greatest thing is that when anything goes wrong in your life, it doesn't end you.”

Inspirational leaders have a clear knowledge of the tasks their teams are working on, or take the time to create one, and express gratitude for the time and effort it takes to complete them. They've frequently worked their way through the ranks and may pass on the knowledge they've gained to more junior members of the team.

When Gareth Southgate took over as England manager in 2016, he seemed an unexpected candidate. He's proven to even the most skeptics that he's the perfect guy for the position, using his first-hand knowledge to get the best out of his team.

You don't have to show that you're flawless as a leader. It's unavoidable for you to make errors and experience setbacks. However, as a good leader, you will demonstrate accountability and ownership of those failures, while also sharing the lessons you learn along the road to help others.

Southgate's techniques, as well as his look, have a "old school" feel to them. He wears a waistcoat and a team tie, and he exudes decency and bravery, to which people react favorably. Football and business may seem to be poles apart on the surface, but Gareth Southgate has a lot to teach leaders in both fields.

Gareth Southgate social media


Gareth Southgate social media

, it should be mentioned that he has no Instagram page since he does not want to share much of his personal life with the people.

He has a Twitter account (


) with more than 212k followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page. It’s been almost six years since he posted something new in his page.

Gareth Southgate body measurements

Speaking about

Gareth Southgate body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the English coach is 6 ft 0 in (184 cm) and weighs 176 lb (80 kg).

Gareth Southgate net worth and salary

You'd expect Southgate to make a lot of cash as the first English National coach to reach the finals of a European Championship.

Gareth Southgate's net worth

is estimated to be about £9 million, according to 2021 estimates. Southgate's annual salary is expected to be about £3 million, which is lower than comparable football manager jobs in the UK.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, is expected to earn about £20 million per year. The £3 million wages, according to Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson, are about appropriate for an England national team coach. Other coaches who coached England in the early 2000s, such as Sven Goran-Eriksson and Fabio Capello, earned between £4 million and £6 million per year.

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