UPDATE: Jubilant fans celebrating in pubs and bars across Norwich after England reach quarter finals of Euro 2012 after Wayne Rooney goal sees off hosts Ukraine

Jubilant fans are celebrating in pubs and bars across the city tonight after a Wayne Rooney goal against hosts Ukraine fired England into the quarter finals of Euro 2012.

Jubilant fans are celebrating in pubs and bars across the city tonight after a Wayne Rooney goal against hosts Ukraine fired England into the quarter finals of Euro 2012.

Roy Hodgson's men will now face Italy in the knock-out stages of the tournament after Rooney's 48th minute header was enough to see England beat Ukraine 1-0 in the final Group D clash in Donetsk.

The Prince of Wales Pub on Prince of Wales Road was one of the pubs in Norwich where the Manchester United striker's name was being chanted loud and proud.

The pub, which had at least four screens showing the action, had been playing football anthems up until 7.45pm when the crunch Group D game kicked off.


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By the end of the match jubilant fans were not only celebrating a win, but they were also relieved to have avoided World Cup and European Championship holders Spain after they topped the group following France's defeat to Sweden.

Wayne Rooney, the hero of the night who returned to the fray after a two match suspension, had been cheered by by fans who chanted his name every time he appeared on the screen.

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Men and women in the pub chanted 'Enger-land, Enger-land, Enger-land' to try and urge the team onto victory all the way from Norwich, but the first half proved to be a predictably nervy and nail-biting affair with the home side looking the better team.

But at half-time England, who needed only a point from the game to qualify for the knock-out stages, were on course - much to the delight of fans in the Prince of Wales.

Andy Barrett, 39, a taxi driver from Wymondham, said: 'The atmosphere is electric. I think England will win 3-1. I think they can go all the way.'

Paul Clarke, 46, who works at Kettle Foods and lives in Costessey, said; 'I think we will get through the group. I think we will get to the semis.'

Jason Newitt, 41, a poultry worker from Cadge Road, Norwich, said: 'We've been to every game in here and if we qualify we're going to stay in here. All the games have had a good atmosphere.'

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