Although divisive throughout his time in charge, Gareth Southgate has led England to their best period since they lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.
Southgate took an unusual path to becoming England manager, having had just one job in club football and a stint with the under-21s before getting the big gig.
Prior to going into coaching, Southgate had a lengthy career with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at club level.
He played for England for almost a decade, too, but his playing days with the Three Lions are best remembered for his infamous penalty miss against Germany at Euro 96.
Let’s take a look at Southgate’s career achievements thus far.
Gareth Southgate England Manager Achievements
- Gareth Southgate has the fourth-best winning percentage of any England manager behind Glenn Hoddle, Sir Alf Ramsey and Fabio Capello.
- Southgate has won 41 of his 89 matches in charge of England.
- At Euro 2020, Southgate led England to their first major final since their lone World Cup win in 1966.
- Southgate is the first England manager ever to win knockout matches at three consecutive tournaments (World Cup 2018, World Cup 2022 World Cups and Euro 2020).
- Southgate has only lost one knockout match in normal time, which came against world champions France in the quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup.
- England reached the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup under Southgate, which was their best performance at the tournament for 28 years.
- Southgate is the only England manager other than Sir Alf Ramsey to reach the last four at consecutive tournaments.
- England topped their groups at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.
- England’s two biggest World Cup wins came under Southgate, with a 6-1 thumping of Panama in 2018 and a 6-2 victory against Iran in 2022.
- Against Germany at Euro 2020, England won their first ever knockout match in European Championships history and their first against Germany since the 1966 World Cup final.
- Between 15th November 2020 and 4th June 2022, Southgate led England on a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
- Southgate became England manager after a stint as caretaker following Sam Allardyce’s resignation after just one match in charge.
- During Southgate’s tenure, England won their first ever World Cup penalty shootout against Colombia at the 2018 tournament.
- Southgate oversaw England’s third-place finish in the inaugural Nations League tournament, which included their first win in Spain in over three decades.
- For England’s performances at the 2018 World Cup and the delayed Euro 2020, Southgate won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award in 2018 and 2021.
- Southgate managed the England under-21s from August 2013 until September 2016.
- After Roy Hodgson left the position as manager of the senior team, Southgate initially ruled himself out of contention for the job.
- Southgate was in charge as the under-21s won the Toulon Tournament for the first time in 12 years.
- Southgate won the FWA Tribute Award in 2019.
Gareth Southgate Playing Career Achievements
- Southgate made 638 appearances in his club career, scoring 35 goals.
- Southgate played 57 times for England, representing the Three Lions at Euro 96, the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
- Of his 57 caps, 42 were while representing Aston Villa, which is a club record.
- Southgate won the League Cup with Aston Villa in 1995-96 and with Middlesbrough in 2003-04.
- In 2005-06, Southgate was part of the Middlesbrough team which made it to the UEFA Cup final before suffering a 4-0 loss to Sevilla, which was his final match as a professional.
- Southgate’s club career was evenly split between three clubs with 191 appearances for Crystal Palace, 243 for Aston Villa and 204 for Middlesbrough.
- Southgate was club captain as Palace won the 1993-94 First Division title.
- Southgate was skipper at Middlesbrough from 2002, and became the first captain in club history to lift a trophy.
Gareth Southgate Middlesbrough Manager Achievements
- Southgate was Middlesbrough manager between June 2006 and October 2009.
- Southgate won 45 of his 151 matches in charge of the club, and was awarded Premier League Manager of the Month in August 2008.
- In 2007-08, Southgate’s Boro beat Manchester City 8-1, which was the club’s biggest victory of the Premier League era.
- Southgate was only the second person in Premier League history to have won both Player of the Month and Manager of the Month.
- Southgate led Boro to two mid-table finishes before suffering relegation in 2008-09.