EURO 2020

Gareth Southgate Might Receive Knighthood if England Win Euro 2020

Gareth Southgate is widely expected to be knighted if England beat Italy
Gareth Southgate is widely expected to be knighted if England beat Italy / Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate is expected to receive a knighthood if England beat Italy to win Euro 2020.

The 50-year-old was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours after his side reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, and according to the Daily Mail, a knighthood is inevitable if the Three Lions win the European Championship. The report adds that his OBE is likely to be upgraded to a CBE regardless of the result.

Alf Ramsey was knighted in 1967 following England’s World Cup win, and it's possible that Southgate could follow in his footsteps.

Harry Kane received an MBE after winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, and Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling were awarded MBEs at the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their charity work and promotion of racial equality.

Boris Johnson hailed the work Southgate has done, but stopped short of suggesting that he could in for a knighthood. "I obviously wouldn’t want to anticipate anything that the honours people may decide," Johnson said. "But clearly I think Gareth Southgate has done an absolutely outstanding job. What seems so amazing to me is how he varies it, he mixes it up, and plays a different series of options depending on the match in question."

Meanwhile, Southgate has warned his players to not get complacent and issued a warning to his team of the threat Mancini's modernised system poses. "They've got a very clear way of playing, great spirit, great energy in the way they play, tactically like all Italian teams very good, but also the style of play is probably different to the Italian teams from when I was younger - very modern," Southgate said.

"I've been watching them closely for two years, because I know the job Roberto Mancini was doing. What Roberto [Mancini] has done and the way Italy have played in the last couple of year… it speaks for itself in terms of the wins, the small number of goals conceded. The style of play has been exceptional. It's an exceptional team and I think, without doubt, the two best teams in the tournament have made the final."