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

Irving Hamilton
July 11, 2018

Because there's nothing like jinxing it, right?

Alli isn't the first player to bust out a Fortnite dance during the World Cup - France's Antoine Griezmann and Alli's England teammate Jesse Lingard have also inflicted similar emotes on millions watching all over the world.

Breaking the 100,000 barrier meant that MPs in the Houses of Parliament now have to, by law, debate in Parliament whether July 16 should be a day of no work across the UK.

It's hard to argue with that - there's just the small matter of a crunch semi final with Croatia to deal with.

England have had their best and most memorable World Cup run for 28 years, with Gareth Southgate's side bringing a new-found optimism across the country thanks to a series of brilliant performances and team spirit that we can all be proud of.

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

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The petition was started by someone called Liam Betson, but frankly the idea is one that plenty of people have been nurturing for a long time.

Last week, Jeremy Corbyn got the ball rolling by calling for a bank holiday for the United Kingdom if England do go all the way. "We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional".

The petition - entitled "If England win the world cup, the Monday should be made a bank holiday for 2018" - is growing by the minute.

'It's something that brings people together on a very large scale and we need recognition of that and recognition of the importance of football in the country'.

England are Croatia's opponents in the final four of the tournament as they bid to reach their first final.

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