Gareth Southgate's stock has risen big time throughout the World Cup. All of a sudden everyone is a waistcoat enthusiast, there's calls for him to be knighted and a petition for his face to be on all of the notes. SouthgateMania is running wild, brother.
Okay, the latest petition was actually rejected but that's besides the point. The plea to the government was to put Southgate's £5, £10 and £20 notes because he's "a bloody legend" and he's bringing football home.
"Put Gareth Southgate's face on every single note, £5, £10, £20 and £50" https://t.co/yG6Zr9p4du- Rejected Petitions (@rejectpetitions) July 9, 2018
Petition for putting Gareth Southgate's face on every single note, £5, £10, £20 and £50,- Nathan:flag_black: (@TraoreTouch) July 4, 2018
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However, it didn't meet petition standards as the UK Government of parliament is not responsible for it.
"Bank notes are the responsibility of the Bank of England, which is independent of the Government and Parliament," was the official line given.
Over on the Bank of England's official site, they offer the following explanation as to what they look for in banknote characters.
"We want the characters who make it onto our banknotes to come from different backgrounds and fields. When selecting a new character, we take into account who has featured on notes in the past. This means that our choices can reflect the diversity of UK society.
"Of course, banknotes need to be universally accepted. We therefore look for UK characters who are widely admired and who have made an important contribution to our society and culture.
"We also avoid fictional characters, or people who are still living (except the monarch on the front of the note). Finally, we need to have a suitable portrait of the person which will be easy to recognise."
I'm not being funny lads, but Gareth Southgate is bigger than your criteria and process He has got England playing the most attractive football in years and, above that, has managed to make the country believe in the national team again.
Irrespective of the result in tonight's game, England's first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, Southgate deserves all the plaudits in the world.
GET HIM ON THE NOTES NOW!
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