Gareth was appointed as Head Coach of England Under-21s in August 2013, just in time for the start of the Euro Championship qualifying campaign the following month.
A former player with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, Gareth was a classy defender and won 57 caps for England in his career before following a coaching career.
After finishing his career as a player with Boro, he was given the opportunity to manage at the north-east club and spent three years in charge at the Riverside Stadium, whilst studying towards his coaching badges.
He left Middlesbrough in 2009 and took the chance to have some time away from the game by travelling around Europe and observing the work of numerous top coaches and clubs.
His first spell with The FA came in 2011 when he took on the role of Head Of Youth Development, which saw him working with the England development teams and playing a key part in developing a new philosophy for English teams.
After leaving that role in 2012, Southgate became a regular face on British TV as a pundit whilst also continuing to develop his coaching knowledge and following the departure of Stuart Pearce from the Under-21 job, an opportunity arose.
Speaking on his appointment, Southgate said: “I’m delighted to get this role and extremely excited about the prospect of working with the best and brightest young players in the country.
“I'm a proud Englishman and playing for my country was the pinnacle of my playing career. Since retiring as a player I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience of the game both here and abroad, and I'm eager to play my part in preparing players to compete at the highest level.
"Whenever any team steps onto the pitch for England, being successful is of huge importance, but it is also about developing a clear style of play that can allow our talented young players to flourish.
“There’s some exciting talent here, there’s a certain style of football that I’d like to play and there are players in there that I think are capable of doing it.
“This is something that I’m really looking forward to and I hope to play my part in developing these young players that are in our system."