Suffolk cheers on England as Euro final goes to extra time
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The moment has arrived - and Suffolk is giving the Three Lions a loud roar to cheer them onto success in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
And they were given reason to celebrate early on - with an early goal inside two minutes giving England an early lead.
Harry Kane spread the play out to Trippier and the wing-back’s cross was rammed home at the far post by Luke Shaw.
Wembley went wild - and there were big celebrations in Suffolk as well.
But the joy was short-lived - Italy scored an equaliser, sending the game into extra time and changing the mood from joy to one of tension.
Football fever has gripped Suffolk throughout the tournament, with supporters packing out pubs and bars - in line with coronavirus restrictions - to watch Gareth Southgate's side.
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They revelled in the defeats of Germany and Ukraine, as well as Wednesday's euphoric win over Denmark - which meant the men's national side is now in final of a major tournament for the first time in 55 years.
Some from Suffolk have even made it Wembley for the final - Michael Steward, from Bury St Edmunds, is one.
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He said: "When I found out I had the ticket, I just could not believe it. I had to check the text about three times.
"It’s once-in-a-lifetime stuff. I just hope England can get over the line and win it to make it even more special.”
Those who cannot get there are cheering England on at home and in pubs and bars, with Ipswich Waterfront full of people in red and white England shirts.
Others are draped in England flags.
In Hammersmith Way, Ipswich, residents decided to adorn their road with St George's crosses to get in the mood for the big match.
Fans were already waiting to get into Isaacs in Ipswich at 5pm, a full three hours before kick off at 8pm.
Katie Bruce, who was at Isaccs, said: "It's so amazing to be out with my friends. The drinks are flowing and the vibes are flowing."
George Eaton added: "It's a wonderful atmosphere. I am so happy that we are in the finals. It's lovely to be with my friends for this. It's a wonderful night for this."
Jamie Pemberton said: "It's been brilliant. We've been locked away for 18 months. As an Ipswich fan, I don't get to go to many finals."
Meanwhile at The View Smokehouse, at Felixstowe's Beach Street, up to 100 fans are set to enjoy the game.
Assistant manager Adrian Morris said: "This England team are much better. It's different to what we've seen over the last 10 years.
"We have only been open three weeks, but knowing the industry from previous experience it's definitely given everyone a boost.
"Everywhere has been packed and booked out.The beach has been full of colour, with people wearing England shirts."
The football spirit could also be seen at Ipswich Hospital, with Kayleigh Biss and Victoria Jane sharing photographs of themselves in England hats on Stour Ward.
South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge said on Twitter: "Whatever the result tonight this should mean a massive boost for #grassrootsfootball, with a newly inspired next generation to join our local clubs. In the meantime… Come on England!"
Meanwhile, Ipswich MP Tom Hunt Tweeted a photo of himself settling down to watch the game at the California Social Club in the town.
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