Is the World Cup coming home? Ipswich Town fans arrive in Moscow ahead of England v Colombia match
PUBLISHED: 14:40 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 03 July 2018
Ipswich Town fans are among England supporters in Russia urging the Three Lions not to blow what they believe is the best chance in decades to win the World Cup.
England’s travelling support has descended on Moscow, albeit in fewer numbers than their rival Colombia fans, with Red Square awash with bright yellow and red and white ahead of tonight’s last 16 encounter.
Back in England the nation will come together in front of television screens in the hope and expectation that Gareth Southgate’s men can shrug off the weight of recent history and win their first tournament knockout match since 2006.
For England fans who have made the journey to Moscow, including several Town supporters, there was confidence but also nerves.
Ben Clarke, 22, a Blues fan from Needham Market, said he felt this tournament is England’s best chance in decades.
He said: “Let’s hope we don’t slip up because we could be left to rue this chance. I think this is one of the best chances we’ve had to win it since those glory days of 66.”
He flew in on Monday with friend and fellow Town fan Laurie Smith, 22, after deciding to belatedly join the World Cup party.
He said: “We were a bit worried, a bit apprehensive, ‘what’s it going to be like?’
“We said, well, we’ll come and see what this famous city has got to offer, take in the sights, see the game and hopefully England do the business.
“Harry Kane’s off to a flyer so hopefully he’ll make it number six or seven tonight.”
Mr Clarke was not the only one backing the England captain to score, with Ladbrokes claiming one in two bets backed Kane to score.
England are 8/15 favourites to progress to the quarter-final.
Alex Apati, of Ladbrokes, said: “Patriotic punters have backed England since day one and tonight’s game has already broken records in terms of bets placed, with 50% of all bets featuring Harry Kane.”