Next stop Gareth Southgate! England's World Cup efforts recognised by London Underground

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What was previously Southgate Tube station has been renamed to honour the achievements of the Three Lions and their manager at Russia 2018

Gareth Southgate has become something of a cult hero on the back of his World Cup efforts with England, with the Three Lions manager now boasting a London Underground station bearing his name.

Having guided his troops to the semi-finals of Russia 2018, the former Middlesbrough boss has been hailed as a national hero.

Little was expected of England when they departed for another outing on the grandest of sporting stages, but football fever soon swept across the country as progress was made to the last four.

‘It’s Coming Home’ became the tagline for a remarkable campaign and while extra-time heartache was suffered against Croatia, the Three Lions have returned home with their heads held high.

Plaudits have rained down on those involved in the fourth-place finish – England’s best result since 1990 – with even Southgate Tube station having been transformed in recognition of a fine achievement.

From Monday morning, for 48 hours, passengers in the capital will be able to pass through Gareth Southgate station.

"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 said.

The Piccadilly Line station in north London will display the upgraded signage until the end of Tuesday.

Those in the English capital are, however, not the only ones to have made such moves when it comes to the renaming of train stops.

With France having claimed the ultimate prize in Russia, on the back of a 4-2 final triumph over Croatia, Metro stops in Paris have also been given a facelift.

Six stations have been temporarily renamed to salute the imminent return of sporting heroes, with national team coach Didier Deschamps featuring in two of the changes – with Notre-Dame des Champs becoming Notre Didier Deschamps and one of the central stops Deschamps Elysees-Clemenceau.

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Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, while Bercy is Bercy Les Bleus and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile has become On a 2 Etoiles (We’ve got two stars).

Elsewhere in Europe, Belgium has paid homage to a squad which finished in third place.

Eden Hazard starred for the Red Devils throughout the tournament and returned home to find that the Arts-Loi metro station had been change to Hazarts-Loi.

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