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Gareth Southgate to ‘still be knighted’ despite England’s defeat in the Euros final

Southgate has put together an inclusive and inspiring England team – a knighthood is the least he deserves

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Despite England’s loss to Italy in the Euros 2020 final last night, manager Gareth Southgate could still be on track to receive a knighthood. 

Before the final, there were numerous calls for the former Middlesborough player to be awarded the prestigious award for both his compassionate leadership and for getting the Three Lions through to their first major tournament final since 1966. 

Yet while many believed Southgate would only be knighted if England won the tournament, new reports are claiming that he could very well still be on track to be receive the honour. 

A Whitehall source told iNews that the strongest five-year record for an England manager in years deserved a knighthood. Meanwhile, The Times has claimed that Southgate – who also led England to the 2018 World Cup semi-final – will ‘still receive an honour.’

England Captain Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and a number of other players are also expected to be honoured for their efforts in the tournament. 

It was a devastating defeat for the Three Lions last night – after drawing 1-1 during the match and extra time, the Euros finalists took part in a tense penalty shootout, which eventually saw Italy come out as champions after beating England 3-2. 

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed their penalties during the shootout and as a result, were flooded with sickening abuse and racist remarks by internet trolls. The mural of Marcus Rashford in Withington was also vandalised in the hour following England’s defeat.

However, the players have all been met with a flurry of love and support from loyal England fans, who have all been calling for the racist trolls to be named, shamed and arrested for their actions. 

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Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school

He’s the second person to be arrested

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A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.

The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.

He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.

He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.

West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.

“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.

“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor

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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.

He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.

There’s also unit price limits for companies.

Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.

As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.

He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.

Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.

As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.

This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.

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Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28

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Drag star George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has sadly passed away aged 28, it’s been confirmed this morning.

Ward’s family announced the news, describing his death as a ‘profound shock’.

He appeared on series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, before going on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

According to his family, Ward – who was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community – died on Sunday.

He qualified as a mental health nurse back in 2015 before he began his career in drag.

Ward’s family said in a statement: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.

“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.

“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.

“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”

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