Fans fill Open to support England team

England fans watch the match against Slovakia on the big screen at OPEN.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

England fans watch the match against Slovakia on the big screen at OPEN.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

England football fans headed to the Open venue, in Norwich, to watch the Slovakia match on the big screen.

More than 100 people were on the edge of their seats last night, cheering England on and waving flags as England were held to a 0-0 draw and had to settle for being group runners-up, behind Wales,

England fan Bob Crook, 47, from Thorpe End said: 'We have been playing OK compared with performances in different years. Watching it in Open is brilliant; at the pub we couldn't really see the screen.'

Jack Simmonds, 25, from north Norwich, added: 'We are playing pretty average. I hope we get to the semi-finals, but it's a young team so if we don't win this year we could in the future.'

Becky Smith, 25, and her friend Katie Armitage, 25, both from Norwich, said that they loved the atmosphere in the city – especially this venue. Ms Smith said: 'It's really good and very civilised. Two girls in the pub would be very different but here everyone talks and comes together.


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Ms Armitage added: 'England definitely deserved to win the match.'

Dave Foulkes, 49, from Eaton, said: 'I think we will get to the semi-finals – it would be really great if we got to the final as my 50th birthday is the day before the final and it will have been 50 years since we won [the World Cup].'

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