With every goal that brings the England team closer to the World Cup Final, the fuller the pubs get on match night. But there’s just not enough space for all us loyal fans in the local boozers to cheer on King Kane and his comrades, is there?
Luckily our favourite human man (second only to Gareth Southgate) is organising something rather special so that hundreds of thousands of us can watch it together in one big, lush green space.
That’s right, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been busy making plans with the Royal Parks, the Football Association and other agencies so that England v Croatia can be shown on a giant outdoor screen in Hyde Park this Wednesday evening.
He announced today along with Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, that a ballot system will give up to 30,000 lucky sports fans the chance to see the lads play in the semi-final game (it’s the first World Cup since 1990 that England have made it this far, so it’s kind of a big deal), marking the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996. Football really is coming home again and we can’t wait to hear a crowd that size singing our new favourite football song to the tune of Atomic Kitten’s ‘Whole Again’!
The ballot for tickets opens at 4pm today and you’ve got until midnight to enter. If you’re a lucky winner you’ll be notified by 1pm tomorrow (Tue Jul 10).
Register here to watch Croatia v England – World Cup Semi-Final screening. Hyde Park. Wed Jul 11.
Football not your thing? Check out our guide to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships instead.