England staff profiles: Who's who behind the scenes at Euro 2020
PEN pics of England's backroom staff at Euro 2020. You can read our club staff profiles HERE.
Took caretaker charge of the side in September 2016 after Sam Allardyce was sacked. Put in permanent charge two months later and has made a big impact with his calm, open persona and some impressive performances. Led the side to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. Won 57 caps for England as a player and infamously missed decisive penalty in semi-final defeat by Germany at Euro '96.
Injury forced the premature end of his playing career, but that enabled him to focus on coaching from the age of 21. Was Academy Director at Crewe under Dario Gradi but really made his name at Chelsea, starting as reserve team boss in August 2009 before going on to become first-team assistant to Andre Villas-Boas. Stayed in the role under Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. Assisted Southgate part-time with the U21s before taking permanent job with the senior England side in 2016.
On secondment with England from Newcastle United after forwards coach Allan Russell was forced to step down in May. Assisted Roberto Martinez at Wigan, Everton and Belgium and had his own stint as a manager, at Luton Town, but lasted less than a year before being sacked in April 2020.
Joined England set-up in September 2019 as part of the BAME placement scheme. An experienced coach and manager who has previously been in charge of Charlton, Huddersfield and Southend. Won five caps for England as a player. His full-time job is as Head of Coaching for the 17s to 23s at Tottenham.
Initially joined England as goalkeeper coach under Sam Allardyce, but was retained by Southgate. Hugely experienced, having worked for Wales, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Everton. Knows England number one Jordan Pickford very well from their time together at Goodison. Full-time job is with Swansea City in the Championship.
HEAD OF PERFORMANCE
Heads up performance, which covers sport science, nutrition and psychology. Arrived at the FA in November 2016 and has worked in five sports in four different countries. Was Head of Performance for the West Indies cricket team, Netball New South Wales and Munster Rugby, among others.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE COACH
Has worked for England since September 2016, having previously been with the English Institute of Sport and British Olympic Association. His experience in club football was as Head of Sport Science and Conditioning at Birmingham City. Has a PhD in sport biomechanics.
HEAD OF PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY
The Welshman was part of Chris Coleman's staff at Euro 2016, helping his home nation reach the semi-finals. Joined England in February 2018 and promoted to psychology lead after the departure of Pippa Grange in November 2019.
CONSULTANT PERFORMANCE COACH
Nationality: New Zealand
The former lawyer specialises in team culture and has worked with the Royal Ballet, South Africa cricket team and Stuart Lancaster's England rugby team.
Massively experienced, having worked for likes of Aston Villa, Leicester City, England cricket and the English Institute of Sport. Nutritionist for England Women at the 2019 World Cup.
First England assignment was with the U20s at their 2017 World Cup in South Korea, which they won. Worked for the senior men at the 2018 World Cup and with them again at Euro 2020. Started as a chef at the oxo Tower in the mid-1990s and his list of sports clients is a who's who, including Harlequins rugby, the England cricket team, Formula One drivers and Harlequins rugby. Co-authored a book with England rugby star James Haskell.
HEAD OF PERFORMANCE MEDICINE
One of the most senior women at The FA. Joined in August 2016, having previously been Head of Medicine at Fulham and Tottenham.
Worked as a doctor with the Ministry of Defence for 11 years. Was with the U21s (and Southgate) from 2013 before joining the senior men's set-up in 2020.
Former Head of Medical at Preston, Wolves and Busan Icons in South Korea, who has been with England men since February 2016.
Full-time job is as Head of Physiotherapy for the English Institute of Sport. Worked with England Under-21s from 2010 to 2016 and then with the senior men.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST
Former England Futsal player who joined the staff in March 2017.
LEAD PERFORMANCE ANALYST
Has worked for The FA since 2003 and with the senior men since December 2015. Former England U15s coach Dan Micciche told TGG: "Steve’s practice design is outstanding."
LEAD PERFORMANCE ANALYST
Works in tandem with O'Brien and has also been at The FA for a long time - since 2007, when he joined from Team Bath. Micciche told TGG: “Knowing the back-room staff as well as I do, Gareth would have had a lot of excellent support from Steve O’Brien and Mike Baker, the analysts, who paint really clear pictures for the players."
ANALYSIS PROCESS LEAD
Joined from Leicester City, where he was first-team performance analyst, in June 2019.
Worked for Leeds United for four years before joining England.
Joined from West Brom in June 2017.
HEAD OF ANALYSIS & INSIGHT
Heads up the analysis and data science departments. Previously worked in rugby, for Wasps, Wales and the British and Irish Lions. Featured on Episode #5 of the TGG Podcast and told us: "At the FA, we have gone down a different route and are trying to measure what counts and contextualise what’s in our coaches’ brains. We are trying to really understand what the coaches' viewpoints are and measure that."
Another Welshman in the England set-up. Has a Masters in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics and worked for Swansea before joining The FA four years ago.
Joined from Southampton in July 2019 and has also worked for Leicester Tigers Rugby. Presented, with Thomas, at TGG's Big Data event in December 2019.
Was previously Southgate's PA but promoted to current role in October 2018. Responsible for communications between squad and staff off the pitch, travel and accommodation.