England manager Gareth Southgate was at Buckingham Palace to receive his OBE

Thursday 04 Apr 2019
Gareth Southgate OBE, with his honour at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 4 April

England manager Gareth Southgate was at Buckingham Palace on Thursday to receive his OBE.

The Three Lions boss was named in the New Year’s Honours List as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an honour granted to an individual for a major role in any activity such as business, charity or the public sector.

And the former Crystal Palace player was at a different Palace in the capital, as he was presented with his honour by Prince Charles.

It came at the end of a year to remember for Southgate, who led England to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia last summer before his side also qualified for the UEFA Nations League semi-final in November.

"It's a very proud moment for myself and my family, but I'm very conscious that there were plenty of other who helped along the way,” said Southgate after the ceremony.

"The team, the players and my staff from last summer were amazing and we couldn't have achieved what we did without everybody working together

"I think I've been involved in football for 30 years so part of me is proud for everybody that helped me through that whole period and the clubs I served, and the coaches and teachers that helped me.

"Of course I'm aware that the recognition is as much for last summer and the work with the team, so I'm very grateful to all of the players and all the support team that work with me, because I'm here representing them, really."

Last week saw Three Lions captain Harry Kane collect an MBE at the Palace, following his performances for England at the World Cup when he won the competition's Golden Boot.

Congratulations to Gareth on this honour from everyone at Wembley and St. George's Park

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By Nicholas Veevers