England staff profiles

PEN pics of England's backroom staff. You can read our club staff profiles HERE.



Gareth Southgate

Nationality: English

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.


Steve Holland

Nationality: English

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.


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. The Uefa 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 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. Left Swansea City in August 2021 following arrival of Russell Martin as manager.


Chris Powell

Nationality: English

Joined the staff in September 2019 as part of a scheme to improve the representation of BAME coaches in football. Has stayed on after becoming an important part of the coaching set-up. Played alongside Southgate in the Crystal Palace youth team and went on to win five England caps. Powell's full-time job is as Head of Coaching for the Professional Development Phase at Tottenham.



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.


Ben Rosenblatt

Nationality: English

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.


Ian Mitchell

Nationality: Welsh

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.


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.


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.


Omar Meziane

Nationality: English

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.



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. 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.


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.



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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