Gareth Southgate could be knighted if England win Euro 2024, and he could also get one when the Three Lions face the Netherlands in tonight’s semi-final.

Gareth Southgate could be knighted if England win Euro 2024, and he could also get one when the Three Lions face the Netherlands in tonight’s semi-final.
Gareth Southgate could be knighted if England win Euro 2024, and he could also get one when the Three Lions face the Netherlands in tonight’s semi-final.

Gareth Southgate is tipped for a knighthood if England win Euro 2024 and secure one despite the Three Lions’ demise.

The England boss is currently preparing his side for tonight’s semi-final against the Netherlands in Dortmund, aiming to reach their second successive Euro final.

Several members of Southgate’s squad, such as captain Harry Kane, could also be honoured when they lift the trophy in Berlin on Sunday.

But when those gongs are handed out, Labour’s general election victory and whether ousted prime minister Rishi Sunak will present his resignation honours list could prove tricky.

According to the Telegraph, Southgate came close to receiving a knighthood at Euro 2020 after leading England to their first major final since 1966, which they lost to Italy on penalties at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate (pictured with Prince William) is a candidate for a knighthood if England win Euro 2024

Several members of Southgate’s squad, such as captain Harry Kane (pictured), could also be honoured when they lift the trophy in Berlin on Sunday.

However, Boris Johnson’s government ended the negotiations amid questions about Southgate’s involvement in a film investment scheme. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) questioned tax avoidance rules.

A spokesman for Southgate said the former defender immediately addressed the matter when it was first raised and insisted he is a “proud Englishman” who has “always paid his taxes and complied fully with HMRC throughout his career”.

Guidance on the government website states that “poor tax treatment is not consistent with the award of honour”, but England’s victory in Berlin on Sunday will almost certainly highlight this issue.

Southgate’s tax problems first came to light when he was appointed England manager in 2016 and that did not stop him being awarded an OBE after leading the team to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, their first there since 1990.

He has become England’s most successful manager since Sir Alf Ramsey, leading his country to the final of Euro 2020, the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup and the semi-finals of Euro 2024.

Southgate also reached his 100th cap by leading a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Switzerland on Saturday, with only Sir Alf and Sir Walter Winterbottom having managed more.

Southgate’s captain Harry Kane is also expected to receive an upgrade to his MBE after the tournament, while other members of the squad could also be honoured.

Despite a mixed Euro 2024, Kane remains England’s all-time leading scorer with 65 goals and is on course to become just the 10th man to be capped 100 times by the country.

A recent convention states that only the manager, captain and a handful of players receive the honour if England wins a major sporting trophy.

But new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, who is an avid football fan and is expected to attend the Euro 2024 final on Sunday, could be forced to dismantle the rules if England emerge victorious.

Southgate also reached his 100th game in charge, leading a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Switzerland on Saturday.

Up to 40,000 English fans began arriving in Dortmund yesterday ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the Netherlands.

England fans wave their St George flags in Dortmund ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final against the Netherlands.

England fan Chantel Padgham, 28, with her siblings Jordan, 31, Aaron, 34, and Olivia Srally, 28, in Dortmund for Wednesday’s semi-final match between England and the Netherlands.

Up to 40,000 English fans have flocked to Dortmund ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the Netherlands yesterday.

But they could find themselves outnumbered for the first time at this year’s Euros as Dutch fans are expected to cross the German border (just a 45-minute drive from the semi-final venue) in large numbers.

28 million fans at home are expected to watch or stream the match on ITV, breaking the record for the most matches broadcast on a single channel.

England’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark attracted 27.6 million on the same channel. The final was broadcast on both the BBC and ITV.

Fans were eating and drinking in Dortmund’s main square yesterday after arriving from Dusseldorf, where England beat Switzerland on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Scott and Sam Fairbank were due to return home on Sunday with their 13-year-old daughter Freya, but decided to stay in Germany after catching the flu from a visit to England.

Fairbank, 43, from Sheffield, said the “once-in-a-lifetime” match came at a price to extend the family’s stay – costing them £1,600 for two rooms and two nights in Dortmund.

England fans hold St George flags as they march towards the exhibition ground in Dortmund, Germany.

Scott and Sam Fairbanks were due to return home on Sunday with their 13-year-old daughter Freya, but decided to stay in Germany after catching the flu from a visit to England.

Chanel, Jordan, Aaron and Olivia wave St. George flags from Dortmund fairground attraction

Brothers Denny and Ronnie Lovett, from Dartford, Kent, also arrived in Dortmund after travelling 36 miles from Dusseldorf.

Ian Doldersum, 25, Goleos Sepaniak, 43, and Lukas Kalevala from Dutch side Emmen are in Dortmund tomorrow for the semi-finals.

Fans were eating and drinking on Dortmund’s main square yesterday after arriving from Dusseldorf, where England beat Switzerland on penalties in the quarter-finals. Photo by : England fans on tour of the exhibition grounds

England fans pictured during the Euro 2019 quarter-final match between England and Switzerland in Dusseldorf, Germany, July 6.

“We were shocked by the prices of those houses,” he said.

“And the accommodation is a bit basic, but we fell in love with the whole experience of the Swiss Games.”

Fairbank said they left on Friday after it was reported that the Freire school had contracted “German measles.”

But she added: “When we decided to stay out, we had to call the school again on Monday and confess.”

Brothers Denny and Ronnie Lovett, from Dartford, Kent, also arrived in Dortmund after travelling 36 miles from Dusseldorf, but saved money by booking an Airbnb outside the city for £50 a night.

Estate agent Denny, 22, added: “We have already booked accommodation in Berlin (for the final), we are confident. You have to support the team.”

 
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