There’s not long left until kick-off. The beautiful game could be made more beautiful tonight if England win their place in the World Cup Final on Sunday.
It seems a lifetime ago since the Fifa World Cup 2018, held in Russia, started on Thursday 14th June. The hosts kicked off the tournament with a thrilling 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
England fans had to wait another four days before we saw our team play Tunisia in the group stages. In true England fashion, it was a nail-biting, tight game which saw Tunisia equalise. However a late goal from Harry Kane gave England – and gave fans that first little bit of hope.
Their next game saw a very comfortable 6-1 win over Panama, which meant we had already made it to the knock out stages of the tournament. A B-Team lose to Belgium meant we then faced Columbia in the next round.
Once again England took the lead however a very late equaliser from Columbia saw the game go to extra-time. Then the inevitable happened…the moment fans across the country was dreading…PENALTIES…
But they done it! One miss and a super save from Jordan Pickford meant it was all down to Eric Dyer – a goal would see us into the Quarter Finals of the World Cup – and what a goal it was! England would face Sweden next.
The Sweden game was a very different game to watch for fans. England were expected to win, however they made sure they did it comfortably. Set-piece play played an important part for the team again and Harry Maguire scored his first International goal. Ali Deli also got onto the score sheet and led England to a comfortable 2-0 win.
The Russia and Croatia Quarter-Final went to penalties and ended with a Croatia win – meaning England will play them – TONIGHT!
Nevertheless, as each game goes on, the boys in white and red are continuing to make history.
An England team has not made it to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup since 1990 and before Russia 2018, they had never won a penalty shoot out in a World Cup Tournament before.
It’s no wonder the country is getting excited… all they need to do now is match 1966’s record and win the whole thing!
But whilst Southgate and his boys are doing their job on the pitch, are you making sure you are doing yours?
Football fever really has taken over, meaning people are happier, they are going out more and are happier to spend that little extra.
Nothing buys atmosphere quite like huge sporting success – and whether your business is sport related or not – it is definitely worth getting involved in the hype.
From recognition online, cheeky social posts and hashtags, special offers and deals to competitions, there are plenty of ways you could get your business involved.
And, if you happen to own a pub and a large screen tv, then you are winning anyways.
As the beautiful hot weather continues, lets hope England’s success does also. It is going to be a tough night for fans across the Country, but let’s hope we have something to look forward to on Sunday.
Then we will address the small fact of work on Monday…
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