World Cup 2018: Gareth Southgate’s 5 steps to England redemption

There was little fanfare when Southgate was announced as manager, but he is emerging as one of England’s best bosses in recent memory. How has he done it?

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Gareth Southgate is a man getting used to doing the impossible.

First, he managed to unite the country in support of the England national team in a way we haven’t seen in years.

Second, he won a knockout game at a World Cup – on penalties, no less.

The sky is the limit for this exuberant young England team, a side that looks transformed from the limp performances at the Euros just two years ago.

Southgate has only been in charge for a year and a half, so how has he brought about such a staggering change of fortunes?