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Norwich's Australian landlady hopes for England clash

PUBLISHED: 07:26 22 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 01 July 2010

Peter Walsh

If England qualify for the knock-out stages of the World Cup they could yet face an old sporting adversary in the next round - and make one Norwich landlady a very happy woman.

If England qualify for the knock-out stages of the World Cup they could yet face an old sporting adversary in the next round - and make one Norwich landlady a very happy woman.

Australia, who lost to Germany in the first match are still in with a chance of reaching the last 16 after drawing 1-1 with Ghana in their second match and a win over Serbia tomorrowcould see the Socceroos through - possibly against England.

The two countries, who are already titanic rivals in the worlds of cricket and rugby, could meet in Rustenburg on Saturdayif England beat Slovenia to win their group and Australia finish second.

And for landlady Leanne Freeman that would be a dream come true. Mrs Freeman, originally from Victoria, Australia, and her daughter Jaime Kerr have turned the Mustard Pot pub on Thorpe Road into a haven for Australian fans during the World Cup after doing the same thing at a previous pub, the St Andrew's Tavern, four years ago when the tournament was played in Germany.

Mrs Freeman, who has been at the Mustard Pot for five months after leaving the Horse and Dray pub in Ber Street, said: “Me and my daughter are big sports fans and my daughter in particular is a football fanatic.

“We have a big Australian following. Four years ago we were at the St Andrew's Tavern and promoted ourselves as the Socceroos pub and were amazed by how many people came out to support Australia.”

“Having lived in this country for 20 years we support England very strongly and probably the only time we won't is if they meet Australia in the next round - it's not always good being an Australian in England when Australia lose to England.”

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