Gareth Southgate tipped to be confirmed as England manager

The FA is expected to give former England international Gareth Southgate the thumbs-up as the national team's new manager.
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The FA is expected to give former England international Gareth Southgate the thumbs-up as the national team's new manager.

An English Football Association panel has decided to hire Gareth Southgate as Sam Allardyce's permanent successor, people with knowledge of the situation said on Wednesday (NZ time).

They spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because they are not authorised to discuss the decision before the FA board ratifies the appointment at the national team's St. George's Park base in central England.

Southgate was hastily promoted from the under-21 team in September when Allardyce was forced out after one game over unguarded comments to undercover reporters posing as businessmen.

The FA believed that damaged the coach's integrity.

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Southgate is unbeaten in his four games as interim coach, winning two World Cup qualifiers (Scotland and Malta), drawing another (Slovenia) and also drawing a friendly with Spain.

England lead their 2018 World Cup qualifying group by two points.

Southgate is expected to sign a contract, with a 2018 break clause, through to the 2020 European Championship, which will have the semifinals and final staged at Wembley Stadium.

The 46-year-old was a defender in the England side that reached the Euro '96 semifinals at Wembley and missed the decisive penalty in the shootout against Germany.

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The country has only won one title in their history - the 1966 World Cup on home soil.

Southgate will take over a team still picking up the pieces from a dismal Euro 2016 campaign in which England were humbled by tournament newcomers Iceland in the round of 16.

That loss ended Roy Hodgson's tenure as coach.

Although Southgate has spent three years within the FA, he is one of the least experienced first-team managers to be entrusted with one of the most high- profile jobs in world soccer.

His only top managerial role with Middlesbrough ended in 2009 after three years.

 - AP