Gareth Southgate is reportedly in line to receive a knighthood if England go on
to win Euro 2020, while Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling could have their MBEs
upgraded with victory on Sunday.
Southgate has guided the Three Lions to the first major tournament final since 1966
and their first European Championship final after they emphatically beat Denmark
2-1 in extra time on Wednesday evening.
Italy now stand in England’s way of glory on Sunday, where the two sides will battle it
out to be crowned as European champions at Wembley in a historic moment for the
And should Southgate mastermind one of English football’s greatest achievements
in living memory, the 50-year-old will be in line for a knighthood, according to the
The report goes on to suggest that Three Lions captain Kane and England sensation
Sterling will also be due upgrades on their MBEs should they lift the trophy under the
iconic Wembley arch.
While the European Championship isn’t viewed as the pinnacle of international
football, with the World Cup, viewed as a greater honour, winning this summer’s
tournament would certainly merit calls for Southgate and his men to be recognised
for their achievements
NSL Understands that those in charge of the honours system view the Euros as
being on par with England’s Rugby World Cup and Cricket World Cup triumphs.
England’s rugby team lifted the World Cup in 2003, with Sportsmail columnist Sir
Clive Woodward knighted for the achievement, while the whole squad were given
CBEs, OBEs or MBEs as a result.
More recently, England’s cricket team were given the same honour after their
dramatic World Cup final win over New Zealand at Lord’s in 2019.
While the Three Lions are just one game away from joining their contemporaries in
British sporting history, Southgate’s transformation since taking over in 2016 has
been there for all to see.
After a hugely disappointing exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland, Southgate
went on to guide England to a World Cup semi-final in 2018 and has now bettered
that with a final appearance at this summer’s European Championship.
The only other England managers to be knighted were 1966 World Cup-winning boss
Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson – who guided the team to the 1990 World Cup semi-
finals, while his 2002 knighthood was more for his contributions to the sport in