When uncovered the scandal of Sam Allardyce and he had to dismiss from his post as England manager, the FA trusted Gareth Southgate provisionally. Although in reality, what they really were doing was testing him to see if it was right to take command of the English team.
In addition, apparently, it seems that Gareth Southgate has passed that test, given that the English federation has announced that it will continue as England manager. The label “interim” is over, as the former footballer of 46 years will lead the team the Three Lions until 2020, if you have the bad luck that things go wrong and you unlink your contract.
Those who followed the Premier League in the nineties will remember his time as a player. A career that began in the Crystal Palace, which followed the Aston Villa and ended at Middlesbrough. At his retirement in 2006, he went straight to the bench of Boro, which he led for the next three years until he was fired.
In 2013, the FA remembered him and gave him command of the sub 21s. Southgate, whose career was marked precisely by missing a penalty playing with England in the semifinals of Euro 1996, he led the team to the finals of Euro 2015 Under – 21, but then the team did not pass the group stage a tournament that ended up winning Sweden.
After the seen and unseen Allardyce in charge of the selection, the FA pulled Southgate as a temporary solution. Had four games ahead that resulted in two victories, against Malta and against Scotland and two draws , against Slovenia and to Spain, the latter in a friendly match at Wembley in England which came to be winning by 2- 0 until the final minutes.
No results look great and neither Southgate has been great praise throughout his career (always have labeled a boring coach). However, the English federation trust a man who in the last three years has led to players who are called to lead the England team, which has probably been one of the main pluses in its continuity.