England staff profiles

PEN pics of England's backroom staff for the 2022 World Cup. You can read our club staff profiles HERE.



Gareth Southgate

Nationality: English

Taking England into their third major tournament. Led the side to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020, which they lost to Italy on penalties. Had taken caretaker charge in September 2016 after Sam Allardyce's sacking. Put in permanent charge two months later and quickly made an impact with his calm and intelligent persona. Won 57 caps for England as a player and infamously missed the decisive penalty in semi-final defeat by Germany at Euro '96.


Steve Holland

Nationality: English

Injury forced premature end of his playing career, which enabled him to focus on coaching from the age of 21. 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. Served under Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte before joining Southgate part-time with the U21s. Took permanent job with the senior England side in 2016.


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Nationality: Dutch

Joined England in March 2023, at the start of the Euro 2024 qualifiers. A UEFA Pro Licence holder who has managed Royal Antwerp, QPR and Northampton Town. Last role was at Burton Albion, who he left in September 2022 when they were bottom of League One. Had previously led them to promotion to the division in 2014/15.


Paul Nevin

Nationality: English

Added to England staff on eve of their opening World Cup 2022 qualifier against Hungary in September 2021. Had previously worked alongside Southgate in 2018/19. Pro Licence coach's full-time job is as first-team coach at West Ham, and he joins England during international breaks.


Martyn Margetson

Nationality: Welsh

Initially joined England as goalkeeper coach under Sam Allardyce, but 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 Park. Left Swansea City in August 2021 following arrival of Russell Martin as manager.



Bryce Cavanagh

Nationality: Australian

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. This is his third major tournament with England.


Ben Rosenblatt

Nationality: English

With England since September 2016, having previously worked for English Institute of Sport and British Olympic Association. Has experience in club football as Head of Sport Science and Conditioning at Birmingham City. Has a PhD in sport biomechanics.


Owen Eastwood

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. Appeared on Episode #31 of the TGG Podcast and said: "My specialism is around building an optimal environment for people to compete from."


Mike Naylor

Nationality: English

Has worked as a consultant with the Football Association since February 2017. Full-time role is with the English Institute of Sport, where he is Head of Performance Nutrition and has worked since September 2017.



Charlotte Cowie

Nationality: English

One of the most senior women at The FA. Joined in August 2016, having previously been Head of Medicine at Fulham and Tottenham. Doesn't work with the team on the road but heads up the department.


Mark Williams

Nationality: English

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.


Steve Kemp

Nationality: English

Former Head of Medical at Preston, Wolves and Busan Icons in South Korea, who has been with England men since February 2016.


Simon Spencer

Nationality: English

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.


Dr Carl Todd

Nationality: English

Has worked as a consultant with England since February 2005 and at seven major tournaments. His full-time job is running musculoskeletal and sports medicine clinics in London and the South West.


Ben Mortlock

Nationality: English

Former England Futsal player who joined the staff in March 2017. A soft tissue therapist manipulates and rehabilitates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments).


Joel Harris

Nationality: English

Has worked for the FA, and England senior men, since March 2017. Also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.



Steve O'Brien

Nationality: English

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."


Mike Baker

Nationality: English

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."



Rhys Long

Nationality: Welsh

Heads up the analysis and data science departments, although he doesn't travel with the team for tournaments. 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."


Alex Thomas

Nationality: Welsh

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. Will remain in UK for the World Cup.


Bikash Deb

Nationality: English

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. Again, will remain in UK during World Cup.



Emily Webb

Nationality: English

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.

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