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World Cup Semi-Final in FanZone
Tuesday, 10th Jul 2018 09:37

England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday evening will be shown live in the FanZone at Portman Road.

Around 3,000 fans were there to watch the 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden on Saturday and the club expect an even bigger crowd as the Three Lions look to reach a final for the first time since 1966.

Gates open at 4.30pm with entry free, while there is a £3 a pint offer until 6pm. There will be two giant screens as well as extra bars and eateries with the game kicking-off at 7pm.

“There has been a fantastic atmosphere in the FanZone at each of the England games and it’s sure to be the same on Wednesday night,” Town MD Ian Milne told the club site. “We’re expecting a big crowd. Let’s hope football really is coming home!”

""Town have thanked AXA who had booked the FieldTurf for an event on Wednesday evening but agreed to reschedule.

“AXA were straight on the phone to the club saying that they recognise the importance of showing the game in the FanZone and wanted to rebook for another day,” director of sales Rosie Richardson added. “I think some of the staff will still be here on Wednesday though!”

No food or drink should be brought into the FanZone and fans are asked not to bring any large bags for security reasons.

Gareth Southgate is the first England boss to take the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final who hadn’t previously managed Town, following in the footsteps of Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson.

However, the former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough man has taken charge of one game from Portman Road’s home dugout, the 5-0 England U21s victory over Lithuania in 2013 with a number of players who are in Russia in his squad that night.

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bobble added 00:25 - Jul 11
neither of these teams can beat france in the final..

Northstandveteran added 07:48 - Jul 11
England can.
Will be there tonight.
It's coming home.

TimmyH added 09:58 - Jul 11
I'd love us to win it...but agree with bobble France look good and they have a decent array of players. If we beat Croatia tonight I think we've done very well to reach the Final win or lose.

Northstandveteran added 10:06 - Jul 11
Well I am used to leaving Portman road thoroughly disappointed.
However, we'll beat Croatia tonight then it's a one off game.

Stick to Aussie rules and boomerang practice Bobble.
It's coming home 😁

JewellintheTown added 13:51 - Jul 11
Bobble, as this World Cup has already shown, any team can beat any other. No cert's in this tournament.

TimmyH added 23:16 - Jul 11
Well - Northstandveteran leaves disappointed once again. :(

runningout added 07:13 - Jul 12
sitting back on small leads looked too familiar

Northstandveteran added 09:02 - Jul 12
Indeed TimmyH.

Really great atmosphere though and well done to the club for organising last night and the previous events.

And on the plus side, I can now attend the U.K boomerang throwing finals this Sunday.

bobble added 09:25 - Jul 12
bye bye were never really quite good enough but better than australia.
footballs home must be france i reckon...

runningout added 11:06 - Jul 12
I blame the tunnel

bobble added 12:47 - Jul 12
playing in the white strip perhaps, but mostly england are still a poor team when the going gets tough..

Northstandveteran added 15:58 - Jul 12
As much as England achieved, the fact remains that every time they meet a decent team in the world cup or Euros, they lose.

Fun while it lasted.

TimmyH added 16:53 - Jul 12
Sweden, Pananma, Tunisia - average at best, Croatia and Belgium far more quality and England struggle - really that simple.

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