England fans are confident they’re going to win the World Cup and the trophy is coming home but supporters of their quarter-final opponents, Sweden are adamant it won’t be.
SAMARA, RUSSIA (JULY 6, 2018) (REUTERS – England fans arriving in Samara on Friday put the town and upcoming quarter-final rivals on notice: the World Cup trophy was coming home to England, they said.
Dozens of England fans chanted and sang “It’s coming home” as Samara residents looked on bemusedly and took photographs of the spectacle.
“Trust me, it’s coming home,” said fan Jamie Wardlow.
England supporter Phil Robinson described the rocky path to Russia – a late decision to follow England in the tournament, which has been noticeably thin on fans at the World Cup
“England being England, we weren’t quite prepared to make that bet. The prices were going high, so we waited till just before kickoff (of the Colombia-England match), and we said ‘Yes, let’s do it. We’ll take the gamble’. I’m telling you: it’s coming home.”
Nearby Sweden fans didn’t share the enthusiasm for Gareth Southgate’s side.
“The thing is England is a very good team; very, very good. With (striker Harry) Kane on the top, of course. Its a brilliant team,” said Sweden fan Emil Skanne.
“(But) I can say, sorry but 100 percent sure, it’s not coming home. Definitely not coming home. Sorry lads.”
The last time the two sides met in a competitive fixture was at Euro 2012, when England won 3-2.
Over the years they have played each other 24 times; England have won eight, Sweden have won seven, and nine games ended in a draw.
Sweden and England meet at 1800 local (1400GMT) on Saturday.