He won the League Cup with both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough (in 1995–96 and 2003–04 respectively), and captained Crystal Palace to win the First Division championship in 1993–94. He also played in the 2000 FA Cup Final for Villa and the 2006 UEFA Cup Final for Middlesbrough. Internationally, Southgate made 57 appearances for the England national team between 1995 and 2004, featuring in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and both the 1996 and 2000 European Championships. His playing career ended in May 2006 at the age of 35, and after more than 500 league appearances.
He served as manager of Middlesbrough from June 2006 until October 2009, managed the England U21 team from 2013 to 2016, before becoming the England national team manager in 2016.
After wins against Tunisia and Panama saw England qualify behind Belgium in their 2018 FIFA World Cup group, Southgate’s England side beat Colombia 4–3 on penalties in the round of 16 after a 1–1 draw on 3 July 2018 to claim his nation’s first ever World Cup penalty shoot-out victory and a place in the quarter-final. On 7 July 2018, Southgate’s England side beat Sweden in a 2–0 win in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter finals, with Southgate becoming the first England manager to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup since Sir Bobby Robson’s side at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. This success bought Southgate significant admiration from England fans. For the semi-final with Croatia, fans dressed up in waistcoats in tribute to Southgate’s iconic waistcoat, which he wore during England’s matches: retailer Marks & Spencer reported a 35% increase in sales of waistcoats, and the hashtag ‘WaistcoatWednesday’ trended on Twitter.
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When at corporate events, Gareth is known to cover the following topics:
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- World Cup
- Dealing With Pressure