Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England fans make late dash to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final

England fans make late dash to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final

It became an instant hit and was belted out in pubs, night clubs, on the streets and in football stadiums throughout the tournament as an England team featuring centre back Southgate reached the semi-finals.

A huge England flag has been painted on the side of a bus as Reading gets behind the boys in Russian Federation ahead of the World Cup semi-final.

Mia Šetula, a Croatian student at Bournemouth University, admitted she will be cheering for England's opponents tonight.

Southgate conceded the tune brings back painful memories from 22 years ago, when he missed the crucial penalty in England's semi-final defeat to Germany, and is happy to see it take on new meaning for a new generation. "What a great way therefore to show our support by ensuring that some of our recognisable civic buildings and the famous Black Prince statue on City Square, are now displaying their England colours with great pride!"

"Croatia play maybe a little bit slowly... they have good players but it's another style of play".

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England. As we regroup, he turns to me and says, "Right that's enough, time to lift the tempo, let's get about them".

He said: "I think Croatia have a better side".

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"I'm not normally a lover of the World Cup, because it's at the end of the season, with too many teams in the group stage".

"It was the book which never was but it's awesome to think that we're here now and he's taken England to the semi-finals".

He said: "The momentum is growing and I think our squad has greater depth".

He predicts England will win 2-1 but only after extra-time, that would be a tough one to experience and a similarly comfortable 2-0 victory, like the one over Sweden, would be much more preferable.

"They are proud to wear the shirt".

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