THIS picture says it all for the assistant manager of the England football team - a man who has history with Northwich!

It is the scene of magical celebrations after Trent Alexander-Arnold fired home England's winning penalty in a shootout with Switzerland after the tie finished 1-1 after extra time, booking for his country a place in the European Championships semi-finals in Germany.

Steve Holland has been Gareth Southgate’s assistant manager since August 2013, when the pair were in charge of England under 21s.

The Stockport-born 52-year-old moved with Southgate when he took up the role as England men’s manager in 2016.

He has been relied upon as the trusted right-hand man with an England side that also reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, the final of the last European Championships in 2021 and the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup two years ago.

Steve Holland, in blue, discusses tactics with England manager Gareth Southgate during the European Championships in GermanySteve Holland, in blue, discusses tactics with England manager Gareth Southgate during the European Championships in Germany (Image: PA Wire)

But it all started at Northwich Victoria over 32 years ago when, as a youngster, Holland played 21 games for The Trickies while also earning his coaching badges.

Part of that journey also meant coaching and developing youngsters at centres of excellence across Cheshire, including Northwich.

Holland credits that time in his life as the springboard for his successful coaching career later on.

He told Coaches' Voice: “I got involved with the Cheshire Independent Football Scheme, working at places like Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Northwich. I enjoyed it.

“I was less than 45 minutes from Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, a real hotbed of football."

He then joined Northwich Victoria, who, at that time, were in the Football Conference, the fifth tier of English football.

At 22 though and after some injury concerns, Holland decided his true passion was coaching rather than playing and took up a role at Crewe Alexandra, as a youth coach, working under Dario Gradi and their fabled academy.

He worked as part of the backroom team at Crewe for several years, rising up to the role of academy director.

After 17 years and a brief spell as manager of the first team during their time in the Championship, Holland moved away from Crewe and onto Stoke City in 2008, working as youth academy manager.

After gaining his UEFA Pro Licence in 2009, Holland moved to Chelsea to take up a role as reserve team manager.

He led the side to the Premier Reserve League title in August 2009, their first since 1994.

Holland progressed to the Chelsea first team in 2011, being appointed to work alongside their new manager Andre Villas Boas.

Initially, Holland was a first-team coach when working with Boas but was made assistant manager in 2012.

He continued this role once Boas was replaced by Jose Mourinho for his second stint as manager of Chelsea.

Holland was part of the backroom staff in 2015 as Chelsea lifted the Premier League crown.

But Holland was also instrumental in Chelsea’s other successes, as they collected the League Cup, 2x FA Cups, Champions League and Europa League during his six-year spell at the West London club.

His successes caught the eye of Southgate in 2013, who asked Holland to become part of his England under 21s backroom team.

Holland left his role at Chelsea to work full-time as Southgate’s number two with England's men in 2017 and has been at his side ever side.

When asked about Holland and his impact just before the start of the 2021 Euros, Southgate said: "In my view, Steve Holland is a legend.

"He’s the most experienced English coach in the country, right through from developing young players to winning the Champions League and Premier League with some of the best managers in the world."

He will be in the dugout with the rest of the England staff when they take on The Netherlands in Wednesday's semi-final.

It is certainly a long way from turning out for Northwich Victoria but lessons and skills learned then will still be being applied now.