Pre-order the inspirational book of life lessons for young people and parents, by England Manager Gareth Southgate
'When working with England, we try to take an approach that focuses on what we might achieve, instead of worrying about what might go wrong.
When you're a young person, the world is a complicated place and those clear goals can be clouded by doubt, anxiety and a lack of self-belief.
If I can go from a skinny, introverted teenager who was told he wouldn't make it as a player to someone who played and managed his country then I'm clear that 'anything is possible'.
By sharing some of the experiences and lessons from the highs (and lows!) of my career, I hope to be able to help young people to prepare for the journey ahead of them. I've had great fun working on the book and I hope that the young readers - and the older ones - enjoy it.'
Two summers ago at the World Cup, Gareth's inspirational leadership and his 'anything is possible' mind-set helped bring the nation together, leading the England Men's team to one of their best performances at a tournament in decades. Gareth's humble, positive and compassionate style struck a chord with youngsters, parents and people of all ages. Now, in Anything Is Possible: Be Brave, Be Kind & Follow Your Dreams, Gareth shares his thoughts on how young people can thrive and achieve their own dreams.
AUTHOR: During a playing career spanning 500 senior appearances, Gareth Southgate captained both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough to League Cup final success, whilst also leading out the latter in a major European Cup final in the last game of his career. Gareth represented England 57 times, including the heart-breaking semi-final match in Euro '96 when his missed penalty saw England lose to Germany. After his playing career, Gareth took managerial roles at Middlesbrough and the England Under 21s. In 2016, Gareth was appointed England manager of the senior men's team. In 2018 he guided the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia, England's most successful result at a World Cup tournament in decades. In 2018 he received an OBE and was awarded Coach of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. In 2019 he was awarded the Football Writers' Association Tribute Award. Off the pitch, as a Goodwill Ambassador for The Prince's Trust, Gareth has supported the Trust's Future Leaders programme, which helps give young people skills in leadership and teamwork. For the FA, Gareth has authored the We Only Do Positive handbook, a resource for coaches and parents of young players highlighting the importance of positive values and behaviours such as fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership.