Gareth Southgate's first press conference as England manager: what exactly did he say?

Gareth Southgate was unveiled as England's permanent manager at Wembley on Thursday, having been interim boss for the Three Lions' last three fixtures.

After his first press conference since his appointment, this is what Southgate had to say about the key issues affecting the national side.

On Wayne Rooney

England captain Wayne Rooney - (Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

"Wayne is England captain ... but what's also clear is I've only selected him to start in two of the four matches we've had. Obviously it's not the case that Wayne expects to play every game."

On redefining the team's off-the-field culture

England's Wayne Rooney - (Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

"If we think we're good enough to play the best teams in the world and give ourselves a slight handicap along the way, then good luck with that. Young people make decisions and I made plenty of poor decisions when I was a young player. It's how you react and learn from those moments that's important."

On the fine print of his four-year deal

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"There's no break clause. We've got a group of players I think are going to develop a lot and it's important to look not just at short-term results."

On the scope of his job

Gareth Southgate with the England team - (Nick Potts/PA)
(Nick Potts/PA)

"I think every coach is a psychologist, it's a fundamental part of what you do. You're helping people perform to their best and there's got to be a psychological element to that."

On his new profile

New England manager Gareth Southgate faces the media - (Frank Augstein/AP)
(Frank Augstein/AP)

"I'm in a position where the comments I make, the opinions I have, are going to be reported a lot more widely. That's something I'm comfortable with."

On Marcus Rashford and the under-21 Euros next summer

England and Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford - (Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

"There's no question in my mind Marcus would definitely benefit from tournament football but I'm also conscious of his age and physical load over the course of the season."

On England as the 'impossible job'

England players react to being knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland - (Jonathan Brady/PA)
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

"I don't think any job is impossible. Some jobs are more difficult than others, more complex, and this is definitely one of those. I'm ready to embrace that."

On right-hand man Steve Holland

Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland - (Adam Davy/PA)
(Adam Davy/PA)

"I think everyone knows how important Steve has been for me in terms of the work we've done in the last few years (at under-21 level) and in the last few weeks, there's no secret in that."

On what fans can expect

Adam Lallana scores for England against Spain - (Frank Augstein/AP)
(Frank Augstein/AP)

"I'd like an England team that excites the public, that supporters look forward to watching and are ultimately proud of."

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