This Morning launch campaign to have Gareth Southgate knighted
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This Morning launches campaign to get Gareth Southgate a knighthood

Phillip and Holly signed a letter nominating England coach

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have written a letter requesting England’s football coach Gareth Southgate is knighted.

The pair launched the campaign on Thursday’s episode of This Morning to honour Gareth’s success in getting England to its first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

England beat Colombia as they win their first ever World Cup penalty shootout - Russia 2018
This Morning have launched a campaign to have Gareth knighted (Credit: Splash)

Although England lost the semi-final to Croatia on Wednesday night, the pair said Gareth should be recognised for his achievement in getting the team this far and uniting the whole country.

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Phillip said: “If you want to appoint someone for an honour you send it to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat at the Cabinet Office.”

This Morning launch campaign to have Gareth Southgate knighted
Phillip read This Morning’s letter out loud (Credit: ITV)

The letter from This Morning read: “On behalf of the nation, we at ITV’s This Morning would like to nominate Mr Gareth Southgate for a knighthood.

“He brought our country together in celebration and support of England in one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events, leading his nation to victory and shown us how to be humble in defeat.”

This Morning launch campaign to have Gareth Southgate knighted
Holly and Phil both signed the letter on air (Credit: ITV)

Phillip and Holly then signed the letter live on air.

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This Morning launch campaign to have Gareth Southgate knighted
Phil said he would post the letter himself! (Credit: ITV)

Phillip pointed out Gareth would probably have “loads” of letters sent from various people and organisations nominating him for an honour.

“I’ll get that in the envelope and stick that in the post,” he concluded.

Just before signing the letter, Phillip and Holly had spoken to Simon Harris, who launched his own Change.org campaign to get Gareth Southgate knighted.

The petition, which you can sign here, has nearly reached 5,000 signatures!

Simon said: “He has single-handedly turned our the national team that forever let us down into something that England can be proud of.”

This Morning launch campaign to have Gareth Southgate knighted
The pair both shared their pride in the England team (Credit: ITV)

England lost to Croatia in Wednesday night’s semi-final in Moscow, with Croatia winning 2-1 in extra time.

The team and coach Gareth have been hailed as “heroes” by celebrities and fans, who have all said how proud they are to have watched England make it to a semi-final in the World Cup.

Phil said the whole country will be with England again at the next major tournament (Credit: ITV)

Phillip said on This Morning the team had united the nation and everyone would be cheering them on at the next big tournament.

Indeed we will.

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