Football

England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 10, 2018) (REUTERS) – Their mission? To support England’s bid to win the first World Cup since 1966. The method? To wear a waistcoat for Wednesday’s (July11) semi-final match against Croatia.

It might sound a stretch, but some England fans want matchday in Moscow dubbed ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’ in tribute to manager Gareth Southgate, who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit trousers and a dress shirt and tie.

Around a dozen England fans travelling to Moscow on Tuesday (July 10) for the match wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts as they passed through London’s Heathrow Airport.

Sales of waistcoats have soared in Britain since the start of the tournament last month, according to one retailer.

According to a spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer Southgate’s sideline style has meant waistcoats are “scoring with the customers”, with sales doubling since the World Cup began.

Perhaps it’s inevitable that there’s a hashtag and it’s #WaistcoatWednesday. Nothing else would suit.


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  • M&S
  • Clothing
  • Formal wear
  • 19th-century fashion
  • Vests
  • Waistcoat
  • Western wear
  • Suit
  • Gareth Southgate
  • Dress shirt