England U21 manager Gareth Southgate signs contract extension

Gareth Southgate has signed a new deal with the Football Association that will keep him as England’s U21 manager until 2017, reports BBC Sport.

Appointed in August 2013, the 44-year-old has led England U21s to the 2015 European Championships, with many tipping the Three Lions to potentially go all the way given the strength of the squad. Southgate has managed Middlesbrough, but was out of the coaching capacity for a number of years until 2013.

Gareth is an outstanding individual. I’m happy to see him commit further to his work with the Under-21s,” said FA technical director Dan Ashworth.

Southgate replaced the sacked Stuart Pearce, who was a long-serving coach of the U21’s, and has reaffirmed his desire to stay in the role for as long as possible.

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