Southgate takes key role with FA
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Former England and Aston Villa defender Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as the English Football Association's new head of elite development.

Southgate, who has been out of the game since being sacked as Middlesbrough manager in October 2009, will work with Sir Trevor Brooking on the FA's youth development review, with the objective of bringing through better players and coaches to improve the England national team.

Gareth will work directly with me, Ray Clemence, Stuart Pearce and all our development team coaches.
Sir Trevor Brooking on Gareth Southgate

He will also be responsible from maintaining closer contact with the Premier League and Football League, and play an active role in the development of the new FA coaching centre at St George's Park in Burton.

"Gareth has a wealth of experience as a player. He is also a very high-calibre individual," Brooking said.

"He is a fully qualified pro-licence coach, who has recently retired as a player and managed in the Premier League. This gives him a genuine understanding of the various challenges facing us.

"Gareth will work directly with me, Ray Clemence, Stuart Pearce and all our development team coaches."