England boss Southgate eyes Euro redemption

New England manager Gareth Southgate says his side have the potential to give him closure by winning the European Championship in 2020.

Southgate, whose position was confirmed on a four-year deal on Wednesday, missed a penalty at Wembley in hosts England’s semi-final shootout defeat by eventual champions Germany at Euro 96.

Wembley will host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020.

“That’s clearly in the back of everybody’s mind,” he said.

The 46-year-old, during a Football Association fans’ question and answer session, added: “Having played in the last European Championship here in 1996 and got so close as a player, I have a desire to address that record.

“That something that I think is a realistic aim for the team given the age and the way they’ll mature in the next few years in particular.”

Former defender Southgate, who made 57 appearances for England as a player, becomes the fourth permanent manager of the national team in as many years.

The former England Under-21 coach, who had a four-game stint as interim manager following Sam Allardyce’s departure, will face Germany in Dortmund on 22 March in his first game as permanent manager.

Southgate’s first tournament at the helm, qualification allowing, will be the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Before becoming part of the international set-up, Southgate’s only managerial experience was his three-year spell at Middlesbrough, who were relegated under him in 2009.

But it was his understanding of international football and the development set-up at St George’s Park that proved important to his appointment, according to FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

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