Gareth Southgate, Alison Southgate and children - family facts
Gareth and Alison’s vital stats:
Gareth Southgate, born 3 September 1970
Alison Southgate, birth date unknown
Gareth and Alison’s children:
Mia Southgate, approx 19 years old
Flynn Southgate, approx 15 years old
Who is Gareth Southgate?
England manager Gareth Southgate is the talk of the World Cup 2018!
The stylish Three Lions coach is not only inspiring waistcoat sales to rise by a reported 35%, but he’s also at the helm of England’s history-making performance.
On 7 July 2018, England reached the World Cup semi-finals, trouncing Sweden 2 – 0, for the first time in 28 years. Even Prince William thinks the football’s coming home!
Before Gareth became the England national team’s permanent manager in November 2016, he was a professional footballer, in a career spanning 1988 to 2006.
He played for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England throughout his footballing career. He made 57 appearances for England.
He’s well known for his devastating missed penalty in Euro ’96, but was redeemed for the mishap in the eyes of the public when England won on penalties, against Colombia, for the first time ever in a World Cup match.
How did Gareth Southgate meet his wife?
Gareth met Alison in the mid ’90s, while he was a trainee player at Crystal Palace Football Club.
They married in July 1997, near Gareth’s family home in Crawley, West Sussex.
As of July 2018, they will have been married for 21 years!
Gareth and Alison’s eldest child, daughter Mia, is around 18/19 years old as of July 2018, so we reckon she was born in either 1999 or 2000.
We don’t know her exact birth date, though you can see she looks all grown up in this photo with her dad and brother Flynn.
Gareth and Alison’s youngest child, son Flynn, is around 14/15 years old as of July 2018, so we reckon he was born in either 2003 or 2004.
Gareth Southgate: family man
Gareth’s well-known for prioritising family in such a time-consuming industry.
During the 2018 World Cup, he famously gave his blessing for player Fabian Delph to leave Russia and return to the UK to witness the birth of his 3rd child.
He also prioritises his own grown-up kids, as he told the Evening Standard in the summer of 2017:
“Over the last couple of weeks I’ve just had a nice time spending it with the family though, and for me that’s important because my kids are 18 and 14, and their development is as important for me as anything else in my life.
“You do have to try to find a balance because my focus inevitably gets drawn towards making this team as successful as we can and driving them to be the best team in the world, but I’m also a dad and a husband.”
Becky Vardy, wife of England player Jamie, recently praised Gareth’s family values – and says it rubs off on the players, making the team perform better.
“He’s got the right idea of the team mentality,” she told The Sun. “He’s really relaxed with the players and he makes an effort with all of the families.
“He really encourages family days after games which relaxes the players, it brings a bit of normality in.”
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