Southgate has moved up to third place in the number of matches managed for the England national team

Football news 16 june 2024, 15:59
Alex Olise Dailysports's expert Alex Olise
Southgate has moved up to third place in the number of matches managed for the England national team Photo: rt.com/ Author unknown

The England national team is kicking off Euro 2024 with a match against Serbia. This match marks the 96th game that Gareth Southgate has led the Three Lions. With this, he surpasses the legendary Bobby Robson, who managed the England team in 95 matches.

Southgate has now moved into third place for the most matches managed, trailing only Walter Winterbottom and Alf Ramsey. Ramsey led the team for 11 years (113 matches) and won England's only major trophy, the 1966 World Cup held at home. Winterbottom coached the national team for 16 years (1946-1962), overseeing an impressive 139 matches.

Gareth Southgate took charge of the England national team in 2016, having previously managed the country's youth team. Under his leadership, England reached the World Cup semifinals in 2018 for the first time since 1990, finishing fourth and breaking a penalty shootout curse that began in 1996. Additionally, England made it to the final stage of the 2018/2019 UEFA Nations League, finishing third. In the last European Championship, England reached the final but lost to Italy in a penalty shootout, and they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by France in the 2022 World Cup.

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