England versus village hall fete

Anthony CarrollThanks a lot England!That is the slightly sarcastic message from the organisers of a Norfolk village fete who fear the England football team's failure to top their World Cup group may impact on their annual fundraising day.Anthony Carroll

Thanks a lot England!

That is the slightly sarcastic message from the organisers of a Norfolk village fete who fear the England football team's failure to top their World Cup group may impact on their annual fundraising day.

For the last year, families in Freethorpe, near Great Yarmouth, have been planning for the annual village hall fete on Sunday afternoon.

However, their efforts to raise some of the �17,000 needed to run the hall will clash with the England v Germany second round World Cup knock-out game.

It is feared that some football fans will snub the fete to cheer on England instead.

The fete, which runs from 2pm to 4pm, has 28 different stalls, including a coconut shy.

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If England had won their group, the team, managed by Fabio Capello, would have been playing on Saturday night instead.

But the fete organisers have been left ruing goalkeeper Robert Green's blunder against the US and the team's poor performance against Algeria.

Organiser Brian Carr, said: 'I was hoping England would do us a big favour and win the group.'