The FA have given Gareth Southgate a huge vote of confidence by appointing the former under-21 coach as the permanent manager on the senior national team on a four-year contract. The 46-year-old picked up two wins and two draws during his interim spell following the sacking of Sam Allardyce earlier this year.

England fans will be hoping Southgate can lead the Three Lions to the World Cup in Russia in 2018, but before then the new manager has some big decisions to make. Let’s look at them in detail.

1. Who will captain the national team?
There have been some rumours that if Southgate was to get the England job on a permanent basis, one of his first tasks will be to strip Wayne Rooney of the captaincy for undermining him recently by drinking into the early hours.

Jordan Henderson has been tipped to be Southgate’s next captain. He has picked up the armband before when Rooney has been absent from the team but it now looks like he will be next permanent leader of the team on the pitch. (more…)