Why does Gareth Southgate wear a polka dot tie? – why we should all wear them on Sunday

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England boss Gareth Southgate watched on from the sidelines as his side edged past a resilient Denmark side at Wembley on Wednesday night. It meant that England will now face Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday.

The Three Lions boss has been sporting a fashionable polka dot tie throughout the tournament.

There’s only one game that he hasn’t worn it since the start of Euro 2020 – the 0-0 draw against Scotland.

Due to its success, its creator, tailor Percival, has branded the navy silk tie as Southgate’s Lucky Tie.

The tie itself has a knitted finish, costs £49, and is already available to buy online.

“Percival has had the honour of being asked by The Gaffer himself, Gareth Southgate to create a few pitch-side looks and his (now lucky) navy polka dot tie,” the tailor wrote on its website.

“We’ve developed some retro-inspired smart polos, an unlined summer suit and paired it with our classic Sherlock to cover all scenarios.

“But this is your chance to wear his [well not his, but your own] Lucky Tie.”

England fans have been quick to attribute the team’s success to the boss’s fashion choices – just like three years ago, with Southgate’s iconic World Cup waistcoat.

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One Twitter user wrote: “Last time it was a lucky waistcoat, this time a polka-dot knitted tie by @_Percival Gareth Southgate’s sartorial choices seem to be working better than usual, plus he’s wearing a pocket square. Football is coming home and so are standards of dress among the team.”

Another added: “Going to wear my polka dot knitted tie tomorrow in Southgate’s honour.”

One England fan tweeted: “I see that Gareth Southgate is wearing his lucky tie again.”

One fan joked: “Can we all just stop pretending Southgate knows what he’s doing and admit it’s down to his lucky tie (which he didn’t wear v Scotland).”

After the semi-final on Wednesday, Southgate admitted the team managed to put aside the “suffering” of the World Cup defeat three years ago.

“I’m so proud of the players,” the England boss told ITV.

“It’s an incredible occasion to be a part of. We knew it wouldn’t be straightforward.

“When you’ve waited as long as we have to get through a semi-final, the players – considering the limited international experience some of them have – have done an incredible job.”

The Three Lions now face a huge test against Italy on Sunday, in the Euro 2020 final.

The Italians have seen a major resurgence under former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

The Azzurri are currently on a 33-game unbeaten run, with their last defeat coming in September 2018.

If Italy manage to avoid defeat in their next three matches, they’ll set a new international record for the longest unbeaten run.

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