Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By Kevin Clark Twit­ter: @kevinclarkjp

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.

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