London

World Cup 2018: Tube station named Gareth Southgate

Renamed Southgate station Image copyright TfL
Image caption The station signs have been changed to display the manager's name until the end of Tuesday

A London Underground station has been temporarily named after England's football manager.

Southgate Tube station was rebranded Gareth Southgate station from Monday morning for 48 hours, after the squad finished fourth in the World Cup.

It was England's best result since 1990 when they also lost in the semi-final.

"We're delighted to be able to show our appreciation to Gareth and the team by renaming the station in his honour," Transport for London (TfL) said.

The Piccadilly Line station, in Enfield, north London, will display the manager's name on its signs until the end of Tuesday.

Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Southgate's England team lost to Belgium in the third place play-off on Saturday
Image copyright Eddie Keogh/The FA/PA Wire
Image caption The England team flew home from Russia on Sunday afternoon

One local resident said the temporary signage was a "fantastic" way to say thank you to the England manager.

Speaking at the station, she said: "He gets on with the job and he achieved those amazing results and lifted the whole nation's spirits.

"And this is a tribute to him in the very same manner - quiet, unassuming."

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionUnlikely heroes, waistcoats and a buried curse: How England fell for football again
Image copyright TfL
Image caption Commuters approved of the signs, saying they represent Southgate's character

The young England squad have been highly praised for their performance in the tournament in Russia, which ended on Sunday with France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.

You may also like:

England captain Harry Kane won the Golden Boot as the World Cup's top scorer.

But a local Tottenham Hotspur fan outside "Gareth Southgate" station on Monday said the national team would have to do more if they wanted the new name to stick.

"Let them win the Euros and then you change it permanently," she told BBC Radio London.

London Fire Brigade think they might have given TfL the idea for the name change, while two young fans could also take the credit.

Archie, 11, and Harry, 10, balanced a photo of the manager on top of one of Southgate station's signs ahead of the semi-final clash with Croatia.

Image copyright @VassarCarly
Image caption Archie and Harry suggested the name change to TfL on Twitter on 8 July

The Southgate stunt wasn't the only name change to come out of the tournament.

The Paris metro temporarily renamed six stations in honour of its champions.

Does the entire Tube network need a naming overhaul?

Pickfordilly Circus

Walkerloo

Kane's Cross St Pancras

Stockwellbeck

Pope-lar

Harrow-on-the-Cahill

Covent Vardyn

LeytonStones

Maguire-lebone

Trent Cross

Tottenham Court Rose

Rubenscourt Park

Dele Alliphant and Castle

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionThe England manager is making his mark on the capital

The team flew home from St Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking after stepping off the plane in Birmingham, Southgate said England now had players who "can stand on their own two feet in the Premier League against other players from around Europe and the world. And they have proved that on a world stage at different age groups.

"I was given an opportunity here to blood younger players in this tournament and they have proved that they could perform at a really good level."

Some fans were disappointed when Birmingham Airport asked people not to travel to see the team arrive back on home soil.

The airport said on Twitter: "We're handling the flight as the FA asked & the area of the airport doesn't lend itself to a viewing area.

"We understand you want to support the team but it's not the Airport's decision whether or not to hold a homecoming event for them."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites