FANZONE SHOW FOR LIONS’ LAST GAME
WEARSIDE PAIR ‘DID ALL MACKEMS PROUD’
Sunderland’s successful World Cup Fanzones will be back for this weekend’s closing games.
Gareth Southgate’s men lost 2-1 to Croatia in their semi-final, but their time in Russia is not quite over, with the team set to take on Belgium in the third place play-off at 3pm tomorrow.
The Croatians will go head-to-head with Belgium’s conquerors France in Sunday’s final at 4pm.
Thousands of fans have flooded into Sunderland city centre for England’s games, with Sunderland Bid organising a series of big screen showings at FanZones at various locations.
The Bid has confirmed it will screen the play-off match at Low Row tomorrow and Sunday’s final at Park Lane.
England’s final game will also be screened in Seaham.
Seaham Carnival already features a large screen on the Terrace Green, as it shows a series of films as part of its outdoor programme of events.
It had been due to play the Disney-released Pixar film Coco, but Seaham Town Council has said that will now be cleared from the schedule to make way for the England v Belgium game.
Mary Poppins will still be shown at 1.30pm.
It comes as Echo readers praised the England team, including our own Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson.
Writing on our Facebook page, Stuart Carragher Hall said: “Jordan Pickford is an absolute hero – saved us more times than is even worth counting! Well done to him and all the lads – they’ve all done us proud. Onwards and up!”
Stewart Graham simply said: “Did all Mackems proud.”
Ray Knight wrote :“Hopefully the Wear side lads will still be there for World Cup 2022. Hendo captain.”
Wilf Newall said: “Two cracking ex academy Sunderland lads, born & bred.”
Tension builds as fans watch England v Croatia in Low Row FanZone on Wednesday night.
Jordan Pickford and team-mates ponder what might have been.