Football fans call for national Bank Holiday if England win World Cup

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Because there's nothing like jinxing it, right?

Nearly 120,000 England fans have signed a petition calling for a Bank Holiday if Gareth Southgate's men win the World Cup in Russian Federation - triggering a Parliamentary debate.

"We need this for all those supporting England", the dedicated fan added in the petition's description.

With the petition receiving over 100,000 signatures by Tuesday morning, it will be considered for a debate in the House of Commons, the report adds.

If England manage to get past Croatia in the semifinal, they will meet France in the final of the World Cup in Russian Federation on Sunday, July 15.

The petition was created by Liam Betson on June 29 - the day after England lost their final group game to Belgium - but has really picked up steam since the quarter final triumph over Sweden on Saturday.

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In Parliament, the petition will have at least one high profile supporter.

Speaking during a campaign visit to Essex, he said: "If England win the World Cup there's going to be a lot of happiness around and a lot of people are going to enjoy themselves - but we have suggested 'why not give us a public holiday for that day, just to celebrate something?'"

As England gear up for the semifinal clash against Croatia in the World Cup 2018 tournament on Wednesday, the fans have signed a petitioned demanding the next Monday, July 16, as a bank holiday, in case the Three Lions win the trophy.

He further added: "The World Cup is a very special worldwide competition".

A parade through the capital is anticipated next week if England reach Sunday's final, but the former sports minister Richard Caborn and the leader of Sheffield City Council Julie Dore want the Yorkshire city to have a significant role in any celebrations for the achievements of Gareth Southgate's squad.

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