A London Underground station has been temporarily named after Gareth Southgate following England’s impressive World Cup showings.
After the England squad finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia, Southgate tube station was renamed ‘Gareth Southgate station’ for 48 hours on Monday morning.
Transport for London, the company which runs the underground stations, say that this gesture is a token of their appreciation to the England boss.
“The great performance of the England team this summer brought people of all ages together in celebration. We’re delighted to be able to show our appreciation to Gareth and the team by renaming the station in his honour.”
There were no high expectations held for Southgate’s young and inexperienced squad after poor performances at previous major tournaments.
That was not to stop the Three Lions however, who went on to reach the semi final, equalling their best finish at a World Cup since 1990.
Southgate was praised for his faith in youth and the relaxed atmosphere he created which allowed his young team to play to the best of their abilities.
Prime Minister, Theresa May, has praised the England squad and says she would like to hold a reception for them at Downing Street.
Upon their return from Russia, there was talk of a parade being held for the England squad. This idea did not go down well with the English Football Association and Southgate agree’s that it’s not the right thing to do.
“It was not my decision but I agree with the decision. If we make the final maybe it is different.
“If we had a parade that would have been in one part of the country and we represent the whole country.”