England manager latest: FA preparing to name Gareth Southgate interim coach

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As the FA begin their search for a permanent manager of the England national football team, the football body is lining up a possible interim candidate – and Gareth Southgate appears to be at the top of the list.

According to BBC Sport, the FA is prepared to make Southgate their interim coach during the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers while they search for a permanent replacement for the recently-resigned Roy Hodgson.

Southgate has served as manager of the England Under-21 team since 2013 and led England to the group stage of the Under-21 European Championship in 2015.

Prior to his move to the England Under-21 team, Southgate served as manager of Middlesbrough from 2006 to 2009, finishing 12th in 2007 and 13th in 2008. But in 2009 the Boro finished 19th and were relegated. He was sacked by the club in October of the following season in the Championship division.

As a player, Southgate made over 500 combined appearances as a defender for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. On the international level he was capped 57 times and scored two goals from 1995 to 2004.

Per BBC Sport, the FA are sounding out Arsene Wenger as candidate for the permanent job.

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