ARISE SIR CLAU­DIO! ...even the Queen’s a big fan!

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THERE were in­creased de­mands last night for Le­ices­ter City boss Clau­dio Ranieri to be knighted af­ter his mir­a­cle sea­son which saw the 5,000-1 out­siders crowned Premier League cham­pi­ons.

Politi­cians joined an army of footie fans in de­mand­ing the Italian-born man­ager be handed the honorary ti­tle.

Even the Queen has been caught up in the ju­bi­la­tion, with cheeky so­cial media jok­ers mock­ing up a pic­ture of Her Majesty in her very own blue and white strip.

Labour MP Jonathan Ash­worth, whose con­stituency is home to the side’s King Power Sta­dium, said: “What Clau­dio Ranieri has done, not only for Le­ices­ter City but for English foot­ball, is noth­ing short of phe­nom­e­nal.

“It has been a beau­ti­ful fairy­tale story and fans would surely agree he de­serves the recog­ni­tion an honorary knight­hood would bring.” brink of rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son be­fore former man­ager Nigel Pear­son staged a “great es­cape”.

But he was sacked in the sum­mer and re­placed by 64-year-old Ranieri.

Less than a year later, the fairy­tale Foxes were crowned cham­pi­ons when near­est ri­vals Tot­ten­ham failed to beat Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge on Mon­day.

Huge par­ties erupted around the coun­try when the East Mid­lands team clinched vic­tory. And the cel­e­bra­tions are set to con­tinue in the coming weeks with an open top bus pa­rade and a vic­tory rally in a lo­cal park.

It’s the first time the club have won the footie top flight ti­tle in their 132-year his­tory, with book­ies plac­ing odds of 5,000-1 on them clinch­ing the ti­tle at the start of the sea­son.

Since the win the in­ter­net has been lit up with fans con­grat­u­lat­ing striker Jamie Vardy, 29 – who broke the record for scor­ing in con­sec­u­tive Premier League games – and his team mates.

And #sir­clau­dio has also gone vi­ral on so­cial media site Twit­ter.

David Cameron wrote: “Many con­grat­u­la­tions to Le­ices­ter. An ex­tra­or­di­nary, thor­oughly de­served, Premier League ti­tle.”

And royal bi­og­ra­pher An­drew Mor­ton tweeted: “Knight­hood for #Clau­dioRanieri hero of the un­der­dog. #Le­ices­terCity cham­pi­ons of England.”

Ex-Le­ices­ter striker Gary Lineker wrote: “Yes! Just Yes! Le­ices­ter City are cham­pi­ons!”

Fan Zan­der Jack posted: “Ranieri de­serves to be knighted for win­ning the league hon­estly what a hero #Sir­Clau­dio.”

Le­ices­ter, who drew 1-1 with Manch­ester United on Sun­day, are set to host Ever­ton at the King Power Sta­dium on Satur­day in front of 32,000 ju­bi­lant fans who will watch as the side is pre­sented with the cov­eted Premier League Tro­phy.

Rock­ers Kasabian are also set to play two shows at the venue at the end of the month to cel­e­brate the event.

Gui­tarist Ser­gio Piz­zorno said: “I pre­dicted Le­ices­ter City could win a cup.

“Ev­ery­body thought I was in­sane.”

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