The FA have tonight announced that Gareth Southgate will be the new England Under 21s manager.
The news comes following reports this week that Steve McClaren was set to take the hotseat, which was left vacant after Stuart Pearce was dismissed after this year’s European U21 Championship.
Roy Hodgson took charge of the squad for their friendly against Scotland last week, but would not take the job on a permanent basis due to his senior commitments.
Southgate told thefa.com: “I’m delighted to get this role and extremely excited about the prospect of working with the best and brightest young players in the country.
“I’m a proud Englishman and playing for my country was the pinnacle of my playing career. Since retiring as a player I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience of the game both here and abroad, and I’m eager to play my part in preparing players to compete at the highest level.
“Whenever any team steps onto the pitch for England, being successful is of huge importance, but it is also about developing a clear style of play that can allow our talented young players to flourish.”
Southgate has signed a three-year deal with the FA.