England boss Gareth Southgate in line to become Sir in New Year Honours list

Gareth Southgate is set to be honoured with a knighthood after masterminding England's run to the Euro 2020 final this summer.

The Three Lions came up short in their bid to become European champions for the first time, suffering a heartbreaking defeat against Italy on penalties in Sunday's all-important final.

Despite the disappointment, The Sun are reporting that Boris Johnson wants to reward Southgate for getting England to their first major final since 1966.

It is believes the Prime Minister is 'supportive' of making him a Sir by giving him the top honour of a knighthood, three years after he was handed an OBE for reaching the World Cup semi-finals.

Johnson said about the England team on Monday: "They made history. They lifted our spirits and they brought joy to this country — and I know they will continue to do so.

"Like millions of people across this country I woke up sad and rueful but also filled with pride and hope.

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"And with thanks to Gareth Southgate and the whole England squad for the best campaign by any England team in any tournament that I can remember."

A senior Downing Street source is also quoted as saying: “There’s a process to go through but Gareth’s achievements have been incredible.

“He’s brought the country together in an amazing way. The PM would certainly be supportive of a knighthood.”

Southgate will hope to go one better and guided England to their second World Cup at next year's tournament in Qatar.

The Three Lions boss hopes to remain in charge for that tournament, saying: “I don’t want to commit to anything longer than I should and I never want to outstay my welcome.

“I’d want to be taking the team to Qatar. I feel we’ve made progress in four years. It’s probably as good as any team in Europe bar those who won the tournaments themselves.”

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He also added: "When you’re so close it’s more painful — it feels like my stomach has been ripped out.

"But our young ones are two, four years from peaking. This team can go again, no doubt about it."

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