The FA appointed the 46-year-old on a four-year deal on Wednesday, November 30, unveiling him to the media today, December 1.
Here's a look at his career so far.
As a player
---Southgate had an 18-year playing career that started as an 18-year-old at Crystal Palace in 1988. An agile midfielder, he would rise through the ranks to become club captain at the South London club. He won the 1993/94 First Division Title (England's second tier, now known as the Championship) before leaving to join Aston Villa in 1995 in a £2.5 million deal.
---At Villa Park, he was converted into a center back and spent five years, helping the club to a League Cup win, participation in the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) and an FA Cup finalist's place, before leaving ahead of Euro 2000.
--- Middlesborough was the last team Southgate featured for. He spent an eventful five years at the Riverside, becoming one of the Premier League's most highly rated center backs. He replaced Paul Ince as in 2002 and leading them to the League Cup in 2004 - the club's first major trophy. He also led them to the 2006 UEFA Cup final, where they lost 4-0 to Sevilla, before retiring.
---He won 57 caps for England between his debut in 1995 and 2004, playing at the 1998 World Cup in France and Euro 2000 at Belgium and the Netherlands.
As a manager
---The England job is only Southgate's third in his now 10-year-old managerial career.
---His first managerial role was at Middlesborough, immediately after his retirement from playing in 2006. The club hired him as a replacement for Steve McLaren - the coach who had brought him to Boro in 2001 - who was leaving to coach England. Southgate was 36 and of course, without any coaching experience or certification (a UEFA Pro Licence was needed to coach a top flight club), and this was something that drew intense controversy, but Boro stood by their man and he eventually went on to complete his badges whilst on the job. He spent three years at the club, leaving shortly after the team was relegated back into the Championship in 2009. His highest points were a 12th place Premier League finish in his first season and an 8-1 win over Manchester City in May 2008. In December 2007, while Southgate was 37, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed him as one of six coaches who in his opinion were worthy of managing England.
---Southgate was next given the England U-21 managerial job in 2013, becoming the 8th man to take charge of the Young Lions. He was in charge for 33 games, winning 17 of them and losing three times.
---After the resignation of England coach Sam Allardyce in September, the FA gave Southgate a promotion to the senior team as caretaker manager for four games, where he won two and drew two.
---The confirmation of his appointment in a substantive capacity makes him the 19th man (both caretaker and substantive) to occupy the Three Lions' coaching seat since 1946.
---At 46, he is the joint fifth youngest England manager alongside Graham Taylor, who was in charge from 1990 to 1993.
---Southgate is married with two children.
---He is the co-author of the award-winning book Woody & Nord: A Football Friendship, alongside his friend Andy Woodman
---He has experience in media circles, having worked as a commentator for ITV, notably at the 2006 World Cup, and having appeared on many other networks as a pundit.
---Before being given an England national team managerial job, he had worked for the FA as Head of Elite Development between January 2011 and July 2012.
---He has been praised as a leader, having captained all the clubs he played at.