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Gareth Southgate Appointed England Under-21 Manager

Southgate will replace Stuart Pearce as England under 21 manager with the former Manchester City leaving the job after a disappointing European Championship earlier in the summer.

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Gareth Southgate has been appointed as England’s new under 21 manager, with the former Middlesbrough manager signing a three year deal, Sky Sports reports.

Southgate takes over from Stuart Pearce, who left the role in June following a disappointing European Championship where his England side failed to win a game.

“I’m extremely excited about the prospect of working with the best and brightest young players in the country,” said Southgate, who used to be head of the FA’s elite development but resigned in July 2012.

The former Middlesbrough manager was capped 57 times for England and will start work as under 21 boss immediately as prepares his new side for next month’s European under 21 Championship qualifiers.

His first game will be a qualifier against Moldova that takes place at Reading on 5th September before his squad travel to Finland for another qualifiers four days later.

England manager Roy Hodgson said: “I know Gareth well and he has the right philosophy and approach to football, and I’m very much looking forward to working with him.

“Having taken the Under-21s earlier this month I’m aware of the talent that exists within the group, so it is a great opportunity looking ahead to the tournament in two years’ time.”

England have been looking for a new under 21 manager for most of the summer, with several managers linked with the post.

Steve McClaren had been favourite for the role in recent days while former under 21 manager Peter Taylor was also linked with a return to the role.


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