Welcome to Gareth Southgate Street: England fans rename roads ahead of Euro 2020 final

All roads lead to Wembley this weekend – and it’s only fitting that many of those roads have been renamed in honour of England’s Euro 2020 heroes.

Football fans across the country have taken matters into their own hands, designating street names in order to acknowledge the manager and players who have got England to their first major tournament final since 1966.

Wednesday’s semi-final victory against Denmark set up Sunday’s final against – an historic fixture which has prompted calls for schools to open later the following day and for employers to show mercy towards hungover staff.

A temporary road sign attached to a lamppost welcomes visitors to England Street in Oldham.
It's a far cry from the street's usual, and less apposite, name of Wales Street

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Eddie Leatherbarrow is among those on the street hoping football will come home on Sunday night

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Noah Butterworth, Harry Chamberlain and Aviana Butterworth on England Street

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Eddie Leatherbarrow, one of the residents of the newly-named England Street – which is normally called Wales Street – is among those to have placed flags outside his home.

Schoolchildren Aviana Butterworth, Noah Butterworth and Harry Chamberlain have also been entering into the spirit of the tournament as the final draws near.

Also in Greater Manchester, a street in Stockport has been renamed in honour of England’s Mason Mount.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been hailed as one of Gareth Southgate’s finest younger players and won admiration from fans after handing his shirt to a 10-year-old girl after the semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley.

Under cover of darkness, an unknown football fan in Stockport changed street signs to honour the England midfielder

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Southgate himself has been honoured with the addition of the name Gareth to Southgate Street in Gloucester.

He is the first manager to steer England to a major tournament final in 55 years, and will oversee their first appearance at a European Championship final.

Last but not least, Rae Street in Edgeley has been retitled "Rashford Street" to celebrate the efforts of England striker Marcus Rashford.

Rashford said he was "proud" of the effort shown as England beat Denmark.

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