Gareth Southgate is a former English soccer player and current manager of the England national team. Born on 3 September 1970, Southgate mainly played as a centre-back during his playing career. He spent most of his career at Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, before ending his career at Middlesbrough. Southgate was a key member of the England national team and participated in two World Cups, in 1998 and 2002, and a European Championship, in 1996, in which he scored the famous penalty miss that led to England's defeat in the semi-finals .
After retiring from playing football, Southgate embarked on a career as a manager. He became manager of the England Under-21 team in 2013, leading the team to the semi-finals of the 2017 Under-21 European Championship. In the same year, he was promoted to manager of the senior national team. As manager of the England national team, Southgate guided the team to a strong result at the 2018 World Cup, reaching the semi-finals. He also led the team to the UEFA Nations League final in 2019. He also got the EURO 2020 final, but he lost in London Wembley against Italy. England also qualified fot UEFA Euro 2024.