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Gareth Southgate offered own open top bus parade

Gareth Southgate could have his own open top bus parade when he arrives back in England.

According to reports, Harrogate’s town hall officials are considering offering Gareth Southgate his own open-top bus tour when he returns home to Harrogate.

He was born in Watford but moved to the North Yorkshire town after joining Middlesbrough and looking for a home close to the club’s training ground.

The officials are keen to honour the 47-year-old after the Three Lions transformed the mood of the nation with their run to the semi-finals in Russia.

Harrogate’s local bus company is thought to have offered a bus for Southgate’s arrival back after Saturday’s third-place play-off against Belgium.

It might take some convincing though as the manager himself has claimed he “does not want the squad to be regarded as heroes” and thinks it would be inappropriate to hold a public celebration next week.

“It was not my decision but I agree with the decision. If we make the final maybe it is different,” Southgate said on Friday.

“The support we have had from home and the feeling of support has been immense. The feeling will live with us for ever. We can see the way the country has united behind football.

“But if we have a parade that would have been in one part of the country and we represent the whole country.”

England’s players are understood not to be keen on the idea with most of the squad wanting to go on holiday after a tiring campaign.

The FA also believe throwing a celebration for finishing third or fourth would send the wrong message to a young England squad.

“There is no planned celebration at this point,” an FA Spokesman said. “We are not actively promoting the date, the time or even the airport they will return to.”

 

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