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Southgate named honorary Yorkshireman

4:46 AM GMT 13/11/2018
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The England manager, a long-time resident, was presented with the award by the region's tourism agency

England manager Gareth Southgate has been named an honorary Yorkshireman.

Having lived in Yorkshire since 2001 - when he signed for Middlesbrough - Southgate was presented with the accolade by the region's tourism agency as part of their White Rose Awards.

Earlier this year, the 48-year-old led England to the semi-final of the World Cup, the nation's best performance since 1990.

"I'm very proud and very honoured," Southgate said. "I've lived here longer than I've lived in any other part of the country, the values and friendliness of the people has been incredible."

Southgate originally took over as England boss in 2016 as a caretaker boss following Sam Allardyce's one-game tenure. He signed a four-year contract soon after and is now set to continue leading England through the next World Cup cycle.

Prior to his Three Lions tenure, Southgate managed the England U-21s and Middlesbrough.

As a player, Southgate made 160 appearances for Middlesbrough while also making 191 appearances during a six-year stay at Aston Villa and 152 as a player for Crystal Palace

England are back in action against the U.S. national team on Thursday for a friendly before facing Croatia on Sunday in Nations League play.