Gareth Southgate is a professional football manager, who formerly played football in defender and midfielder positions for clubs such as Middlesbrough and Aston Villa. Gareth began his career in football at the Crystal Palace Football Club, where he was initially placed as a right-back but was later moved to play in central midfield. After a short period with the team, he was promoted to be the captain of the team. As captain, Gareth made a significant contribution to the team, leading them to 1993-94 First Division title. After making 152 appearances for Crystal Palace, Gareth signed to Aston Villa for £2.5 million. At Aston Villa Gareth took on the challenge of a new position, playing as a centre-back. He formed part of excellent defence, and during his first season with the club, they brought home the League Cup and qualified for the UEFA Cup. During the 1998-99 season, Gareth was given the opportunity to play in every Premier League game for Aston Villa and continued to play with the team throughout the 1999-2000 season.
Before Euro 2000 Gareth decided that it was time for a change and handed in a transfer request. In 2001 Gareth successfully moved to Middlesbrough for a staggering £6.5 million. A year later in 2002, Gareth was given the chance to be captain once again, becoming the Middlesbrough team captain. One of the most significant games that Gareth played for the team was the 2004 Football League Cup Final, as he became the first Boro skipper to lift a trophy in their 128-year history. This earnt Gareth the attention of fans and press alike, placing him as a firm public favourite. As well as his domestic football career, Gareth also had opportunities to represent the England national team, making his debut against Portugal in 1995. He later went on to represent England in both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2000. Gareth finished his professional footballing career having been capped 57 times for England as well as being Aston Villa’s most capped England player.
After retiring from playing Football Gareth went on to follow the managerial side of the sport. He began his management career with Middlesbrough after the former manager left to manage England. During his time as the manager he led the team to 12th position in the Premier League, later taking them up to 8th place. Gareth has also spent time managing the England national team, starting with managing the under 21 team and under his watch the team qualified for the European Under-21 Championships. He was later appointed to manage the senior England team, which he still manages today. Most recently he managed England to third place in the 2019 UEFA Nations League, a significant victory for Gareth and the team alike. Alongside management roles Gareth has also spent time as a commentator for ITV. He acted as a co-commentator for the coverage of the 2006 World Cup, and worked as a pundit and co-commentator on the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. Due to his services to the football industry Gareth was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2019 New Year Honours. With his extensive history in the industry, Gareth makes for a perfect after-dinner speaker for a range of corporate and sporting events.
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