England manager, Gareth Southgate is reportedly in line to receive a knighthood if England go on to win Euro 2020 on Sunday July 11.
Southgate has guided the Three Lions to the first major tournament final since 1966 and their first European Championship final after they beat Denmark 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday evening, July 7.
Italy will now play England on Sunday, where the two sides will battle it out to be crowned as European champions at Wembley in a historic moment for England
If Southgate masterminds one of English football’s greatest achievements, the 50-year-old will be in line for a knighthood, according to the report by The Telegraph.
The report also adds that Three Lions captain Kane and England player Sterling will also have their MBEs upgraded should they lift the trophy.
The report claims 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.
After England’s rugby team won the World Cup in 2003, Sportsmail columnist Sir Clive Woodward was 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 World Cup final win over New Zealand at Lord’s in 2019.
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 Bobby Robson’s 2002 knighthood was more for his contributions to the sport in general.