A petition has been launched to have London renamed to “Sterlingrad” if England win the Euro 2020 tournament on Sunday.

It was launched yesterday on Change.org and already has over 1,000 signatures in support of the name change.

Craig Salmon who started the petition to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan explained why he’s requesting the rename:

“To honour Raheem Sterling and the success of the England football team since they adopted Marxism.”

He’s referring to the controversy surrounding the England squad taking the knee before each match in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter.

The gesture was criticised by the likes of Nigel Farage and Laurence Fox - with both of them bizarrely labelling them as “Marxists.”

Calls to change the capital’s name to “Sterlingrad” is in reference to the Battle of Stalingard during the Second World War between 1942-3.

The city was changed from Tsaritsyn to Stalingrad in 1925, in honour of Joseph Stalin - the General Secretary of the Communist Party.

Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of Stalingrad (now Volgograd), a city in Southern Russia.

With over 2 million casualties estimated, it’s described as one of the most bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, according to History.com.

Ultimately, the battle resulted in a victory for the Soviet Union.

Since its creation, the petition has been widely shared online, as the news about it was shared on Twitter.

The Communist Party of Britain backed the calls to rename London “Sterlingrad.”

Some people are more than happy to back the cause.

Though some weren’t so impressed with the potential name change and made their feelings known about it.

Some argued that Sterling might feel uncomfortable with people associating him with Stalin and a battle that resulted in millions of deaths on both sides.

While others saw the funny side to the suggestion.

England plays Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, its the first time in 55 years that the England men’s football team has reached a tournament final.

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