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Redbridge streets empty as England take on Sweden in the World Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:33 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 09 July 2018

Fairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park,
England football match, showing in the Boat House Bar

Fairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park, England football match, showing in the Boat House Bar

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The streets of Redbridge were deserted as residents holed up in pubs and living rooms across the borough to watch England take on Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday (July 7) .

Fairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park,
England football match, showing in the Boat House BarFairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park, England football match, showing in the Boat House Bar

Simultaneous cheers of joy erupted when the three lion’s Harry Maguire scored our first goal 30 minutes into the game.

Frustrated grunts also echoed throughout borough after England failed to capitalise on a couple of goal opportunities, but this was soon forgotten when Dele Alli headed the ball into the back of Sweden’s net after a well-executed cross from Jesse Lingard.

“Everyone is all so together supporting England - it is lovely,” said one pub-goer.

“We really have a chance and there is a buzz of excitement everywhere.”

Fairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park,
England football match, showing in the Boat House BarFairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park, England football match, showing in the Boat House Bar

Gareth Southgate’s squad may have been two up, but crowds let out a collective sigh of relief and happiness when the final whistle blew - it is not news to say that in the past we have been known to lose thanks to a last-minute surge of energy from the opposition.

“I had a lucky escape this morning,” said one merry supporter.

“I walked out in a yellow top (Sweden’s team colour) completely by accident as it was clean, and it was only when I got to the corner of my road that something clicked and I turned around and changed.

“My mates would have ribbed me something rotten.”

Fairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park,
England football match, showing in the Boat House BarFairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters country park, England football match, showing in the Boat House Bar

England will take on Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm.

The high street in Wanstead is usually busy on a SaturdayThe high street in Wanstead is usually busy on a Saturday


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