Gareth Southgate pledges to build a team England can be proud of
Last Updated: 02/12/16 7:38am
Gareth Southgate confirmed there is no break clause in his four-year England contract as he pledged to build a team the nation’s supporters can be proud of.
After four games as interim manager, the FA announced Southgate as the permanent successor to Sam Allardyce on Wednesday and the 46-year-old is keen to repay that faith.
"I'd like an England team that excites the public, that supporters look forward to watching and are ultimately proud of," Southgate said.
England were disappointingly dumped out of the European Championships in the summer by Iceland but Southgate insists it is not an impossible job.
"Of course I have had a great insight over the past few weeks into what the job entails, every aspect of it," Southgate said.
"I don't think any job is impossible. I think I said a few weeks ago, some jobs are more difficult than others, some are more complex, and this is one of those.
"It has great interest for everybody and that comes with great responsibility, but I am ready to embrace that."
Southgate confirmed Wayne Rooney will continue as captain despite the Manchester United forward being pictured looking the worse for wear as he mingled with wedding guests at the England team hotel in the early hours during the most recent international break.
"Wayne Rooney is the England captain," Southgate said. "I said that from the beginning of the interim period. What's also clear is that I've only selected him to start in two of the four matches we've had.
"It is not a case that Wayne expects to play every game. It's important we develop more leaders in that group.
"When I played for England at Euro 96, there were leaders throughout the team. Wayne has played an important part up to this point, but we also need to develop others."
It is expected that Steve Holland will continue in his dual role as assistant manager at Chelsea and England for the remainder of this season, but will go full time with the national team from the start of next season.
On Holland, Southgate added: "Well, I think everybody knows how important Steve has been to me, in terms of the work we've done over the past few years and over the last few weeks.
"There's no secret in that, but at the moment everything is still ongoing."
Southgate's first game as full-time manager will be a friendly against Germany in Dortmund on March 22, followed by a World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley four days later.