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Euro 2020

08th Jul 2021

Gareth Southgate reportedly set to receive knighthood if England win Euros

Kieran Galpin

We knight thee king of the Euros.

If Gareth Southgate didn’t need any more motivation for the upcoming game, he is now reportedly up for knighthood should they come home victorious. Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling could also have their MBEs upgraded, and hopefully, there are other celebrations in store for other key players on the squad.

Southgate’s incredible tactics and level headed approach have catapulted England to their first major finale since 1966. Their match against Denmark was not without its criticism, but needless to say, Southgate has done a more than admirable job.

Italy is all that stands between the squad and bringing home that gleaming trophy. But in all seriousness, do they take turns hosting it? According to the Telegraph, Southgate is up for the iconic sword on each shoulder before good old Queen Lizzie asks him to arise. Though a knighthood is not quite as cool anymore without armour and swords, it is still a tremendous honour held by a minute few.

The Telegraph suggest that those who review the honours committee see the Euros on par with England’s Rugby World Cup and Cricket World Cup triumphs. However, the ultimate win is still considered that of the World Cup. In 2003, Sir Clive Woodward was knighted for their victory in the Rugby World Cup.

Southgate has undeniably shifted the perception of the England squad since 2016, guiding them to the semi-finals of the 2018 world cup. Southgate was given an OBE in 2018, and Kane was given an MBE simultaneously, both for their contributions to the Russian World Cup. Sterling also received an MBE for his work in racial equality, though this will also reportedly be upgraded should England win.

Sunday’s match against Italy will be monumental, so much so that the government are toying with the idea of making it a bank holiday.