Southgate named as bookies' favourite for England job after Hodgson resigns

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Eddie Howe and Gary Neville are also in the frame after the 68-year-old quit on the back of Monday's humiliating 2-1 loss to Iceland at Euro 2016

Gareth Southgate has been named as the early frontrunner to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager following the 68-year-old’s resignation.

Hodgson stepped down after a surprise 2-1 defeat to Iceland sent his side crashing out of Euro 2016.

Hodgson’s contract with the Football Association was set to expire after the tournament but in a pre-prepared statement after the full-time whistle, the former Fulham and Liverpool coach confirmed his departure along with his coaches Gary Neville and Ray Lewington.

Southgate is currently the manager of England Under-21s and led the team to the finals of last year’s European Championship, though they finished bottom of a group which included Portugal, Sweden and Italy.

 

Southgate also spent three years at Middlesbrough but was unable to prevent the club from being relegated to the Championship in 2009.

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Neville and Eddie Howe are joint-second favourites to succeed Hodgson as manager.

Neville was appointed as Hodgson’s assistant in 2012 but has been without a club since he was sacked by Valencia in March.

Howe has overseen Bournemouth's rise from the bottom of League Two to the Premier League over two separate spells. Last season, he secured their top-flight status at the first time of asking with a 16th-place finish.

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