Gareth Southgate, England’s new manager has revealed that he wants the team to win the European Championship in 2020. England will host the next edition of the Euro’s with Wembley hosting the semifinals and the final of the competition.
“That’s clearly in the back of everybody’s mind.That something that I think is a realistic aim for the team given the age and the way they’ll mature in the next few years in particular.” Southgate said, as reported by the BBC.
Southgate was confirmed as the new England manager on Wednesday. The 46-year-old has been given a four-year deal.
The man from Watford, United Kingdom is the fourth England manager in as many years. Southgate made 57 appearances for the national team as a player. He featured for the Three Lions in Euro 96. The defender missed a penalty in the semifinal against Germany at Wembley to bow out of the tournament.
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Southgate already has a taste of managing four games for England as the interim manager. The former Under-21 England coach will face Germany at Dortmund on March 22, 2017 in his first official game as the national team boss.
The Englishman’s previous managerial experience was with Middlesbrough. During his three-year spell at the club, the Smoggies were relegated in 2009.
Martin Glenn, Football Association (FA) executive has claimed that Southgate’s understanding of international football and the football setup at St George’s Park proved important in his appointment.
Carragher, Redknapp happy with Southgate appointment
Gareth Southgate has been given the permanent job as England manager after Sam Allardyce was sacked in September. The 46-year-old had four games in interim charge.
The likes of Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp have given their opinions on the new appointment. Hiring Southgate is a good decision, both the former England internationals believe.
“I think he will do well. He should know the squad well, he has been around the FA and St George’s Park for a long time now, he will know the young players coming through.” Carragher said, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Liverpool legend is happy with the decisions the former Aston Villa defender has made, the teams he has picked and the results he has had until now.
“He should have been appointed a long time ago and then we can all get on with it. They have met him enough times as he has been managing the Under-21s for a while.” Redknapp said.
Gareth Southgate’s main priority as the England manager will be to get results in big tournaments. The England national team has been doing well in qualifiers for a long time. However, they falter at big occasions.
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