“It’s Coming Home” - Fans believe England can win the World Cup
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We really are starting to believe the World Cup is coming home.
But many will be thinking further ahead and have their sights set on seeing the England team walk out at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on Sunday.
Pubs, restaurants, beer gardens and open spaces throughout the county were packed as fans flocked to see England reach the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1990.
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There were wild scenes at places from Cromer Pier to Thetford's Riverside to the Railway Tavern in Dereham, which has hit headlines in the last few weeks for its hugely popular £5,000 World Cup grandstand, which has been full to the brim.
Vera Waynes, 75, was watching the game at the King's Arms in Great Yarmouth with her son Ian, 49, and her granddaughter Poppy, 15.
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She said she could remember England's World Cup triumph of 1966 and said she could see similarities with today's victorious team.
She said: 'Southgate has done the right thing, he has done a marvellous job. He's got something about him. They seem to be a terrific bunch of young lads and they have made the whole country happy. I think it certainly is coming home.'
Richard Sewell, 57, who watched the match in Norwich, said: 'Southgate got it smack on. He gives everyone the freedom to do what they want and go out there and enjoy it. England teams before had to stick to a plan which didn't work. This team has a plan but they enjoy what they are doing.'
He added: 'I hope it's coming home. We will have to get past the likes of Croatia, France and Belgium, but if we get to the final we have got a good chance. They have the right attitude to do it.'
Police praised the attitude of fans across the county as no arrests were made in relation to the football on Saturday.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said crews and call handlers had a very busy Saturday but 'coped brilliantly'. Across the region there were 3,786 calls between 12am to 12am on Saturday. The average is 3,5000.
With Three Lions on a constant loop in our heads, the country eagerly awaits 7pm on Wednesday.