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THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 All about England football manager Gareth Southgate’s wife Alison

GARETH SOUTHGATE is about to lead the England side into the final of Euro 2024 against Spain on Sunday.

Read more about the wife of the England boss, who’s by his side as he hopes to lead the Three Lions to glory.

 Gareth Southgate with his wife Alison at Wimbledon

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Gareth Southgate with his wife Alison at Wimbledon

Who is Gareth Southgate’s wife Alison and when did they get married?

Southgate and Alison met when the now England boss was a trainee at Crystal Palace.

She was working as a shop assistant, and Gareth used to say he was visiting so he could add more to his wardrobe.

Really though, it was the girl behind the till he was there to see.

Whilst she was in a relationship at the time they first met, Gareth wasted no time swooping in when he heard Alison had split up with her boyfriend.

He handed her his number as soon as he found out – and she called him that same night.

In his 2003 autobiography, Gareth revealed in the early days they used to sneak to a Tesco car park for dates to keep their new relationship secret from her ex.

The pair eventually got married in July 1997 near Southgate’s family home in Crawley.

 Southgate and his wife Alison were married back in July 1997

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Southgate and his wife Alison were married back in July 1997Credit: PA:Press Association

Alison prefers to keep out of the limelight – however she’s appeared by her husband’s side on many occasions.

 Gareth Southgate and his wife Alison at Wimbledon in 2019

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Gareth Southgate and his wife Alison at Wimbledon in 2019

How many children do the couple have?

The pair have two children, Mia and Flynn.

Southgate has talked about the importance of maintaining a normal parent-child relationship, despite his time-sapping and full-on job.

 Gareth and Alison Southgate at An Audience with Adele in 2021

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Gareth and Alison Southgate at An Audience with Adele in 2021Credit: James Veysey/Shutterstock

He told the Standard in 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. »

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Who did Gareth Southgate play for?

The England manager retired as a player in 2006 and made 57 appearances for England.

Southgate started his career in the youth set up at Crystal Palace before making his senior team debut in 1988.

He made 152 appearances for the Eagles before moving to Aston Villa in 1995 where he made 192 and then he completed his career at Middlesbrough –  again with over 150 appearances for the club.

 Gareth Southgate heads a goal for Middlesborough against Liverpool in 2002

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Gareth Southgate heads a goal for Middlesborough against Liverpool in 2002

His achievements as a player include the 1993-1994 First Division title with Palace and coming a runner-up in the 2000 FA Cup when Villa lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

He went on to manage Middlesbrough from 2006-2009 and the England U21 from 2013-2016.

He became manager of England on September 27, 2016, after the departure of Sam Allardyce.

He’s got them as far as the final of Euro 2024, where they’ll face Spain.

It’s the fourth major tournament he’d led the Three Lions for, and they got as far as the final of Euro 2020/21 before losing out to Italy.

A win on Sunday will be the England men’s team’s first tournament win since 1966 – is it finally coming home?

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