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Gareth Southgate's England In-Tray

Gareth Southgate's England In-Tray
By PA Sport

30/11/2016 at 16:14Updated 30/11/2016 at 16:18

Gareth Southgate has been appointed England manager - and now the hard work begins.

Gareth Southgate has been appointed England manager - and now the hard work begins.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at what the 46-year-old has to sort out in the coming months.

SORT OUT PLAYER BEHAVIOUR

Whether you see it as a storm in a tea cup - or perhaps more aptly a wine glass - one of the first things the new England boss has to sort out is the issue of players' behaviour. The end of his interim reign was followed by controversy over skipper Wayne Rooney and Phil Jagielka drinking, along with some Football Association staff, at a wedding party between matches. It was during allocated free time but FA chief executive Martin Glenn promised a "proper investigation". There were also reports Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson went to a strip club in Bournemouth. The governing body is reviewing players' free time and Southgate needs to bring the matter to a close.

ROONEY'S CAPTAINCY

The furore surrounding Rooney's late-night antics led him to "unreservedly" apologise to FA technical director Dan Ashworth, young fans and Southgate. How the Three Lions boss reacted to the incident is unclear, with one report going as far as to say Southgate will strip Rooney as captain. Southgate was widely praised for the way he handled dropping Rooney in Slovenia and it will be interesting to see how he reacts now that the England job is officially his.

TRUST IN YOUTH

"Certainly, nobody knows the nation's young talent better than Gareth" said FA chief executive Glenn of the interim manager ahead of the interview process. Southgate's appointment follows three years as head coach of the England Under-21s, who he led to the 2015 and 2017 European finals along with the country's first Toulon tournament success for 22 years. The former Middlesbrough boss also worked as the FA's head of elite development for a period so few know the country's strength in depth better. Jesse Lingard, so impressive for the Under-21s at the 2015 Euros, won his first caps under Southgate, but there are plenty more young players knocking on the door.

ESTABLISH AN IDENTITY

Southgate played a key role in creating the 'England DNA' manifesto aimed at making a winning national team. Formed of five core elements, it is about helping set out an identity that will breed success. Southgate drove the "playing philosophy" element to the DNA, which points to intelligent dominance in possession and swift pressing when without it. That was evident in the final match of the four-match interim stint, with England impressing, if ultimately caught cold at the death, against Spain. Continual evolvement is required if Southgate is to have a successful team at a major tournament.

QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP

Getting to the World Cup is Southgate's overriding immediate focus. England enter 2017 top of Group F as a comprehensive 3-0 win against oldest foes Scotland followed a hard-fought goalless draw in Slovenia and comfortable 2-0 win at home to Malta. A straightforward-looking home match with Lithuania should allow the Three Lions to increase their stranglehold on qualification in March ahead of a mouth-watering post-season trip to Scotland. Few expect England to fail in their bid to reach the World Cup and the other items in Southgate's in-tray will go a long way to deciding whether that is successful.

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