Gareth Southgate has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2021, while England has been named Team of the Year.

The 51-year-old led the Three Lions to the final of the postponed European Championships before losing to Italy in a dramatic Wembley penalty shootout.

Southgate previously won the 2018 Coach of the Year award and has been recognized once again for guiding England to their first major final since winning the 1966 World Cup – coincidentally, the last time they were named Team of the Year.

He recently signed a new contract extending his tenure as England manager until December 2024, having taken over the national team in 2016.

After succeeding Sam Allardyce as Under-21 manager, he immediately had a positive impact on England both on and off the field. Southgate has been credited with instilling an unprecedented sense of unity and camaraderie among the players and staff.

Additionally, he has demonstrated exceptional transparency and a willingness to stand shoulder to shoulder with his players in support of important causes, and he has used his platform to promote equality and inclusivity in all spheres of society.

Raheem Sterling was nominated for the night’s top prize for his performances at Euro 2020, but the Manchester City winger fell short of the required public vote to make the top three.

Sterling made the most of his Sunday, scoring City’s fourth goal in their convincing 4-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle – a victory that gave Pep Guardiola’s side a record-tying 34th victory this calendar year.


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