Gareth Southgate has finally been appointed as the new England Manager on a four-year contract.
The former Middlesborough captain was temporarily in charge of the national team, following the “blink-and-you-miss-it” tenure of Sam Allardyce.
Southgate has stepped up from his role as England Under-21s manager and in all truthfulness, today’s news comes as little surprise as the 46-year old was hotly tipped to be given the role permanently, following a decent run of results after Big Sam’s dismissal.
Following the appointment, Southgate said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there is huge potential.
“I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I am also conscious getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.
“I’m determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re going to enjoy watching play and develop.”
Time will tell if Southgate can do what so many men before him have failed to do and finally bring international success to a country that has been waiting for decades.