Waistcoat Wednesday sweeping the nation ahead of Croatia v Englandby Jack Kitson / 11 July 2018, 14:16Tweet
Waistcoat Wednesday is sweeping the nation ahead of England’s crunch World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia, with adults and children alike donning Gareth Southgate’s trademark attire.
The delightfully dubbed Waistcoat Wednesday has soared to such heights that M&S - the official tailors of the England team - have actually ran out of the in-demand sleeveless upper-body garment.
The waistcoat has been somewhat of a lucky charm so far in Russia and boss Southgate will he hoping his signature outfit can inspire his troops to victory over Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia, while the man himself is perplexed at his new fashion icon status:
"I was not renowned for my fashion sense throughout my playing career and it is strange to be that now!”
England take to the field at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium tonight in the country’s first major tournament semi-final in 22 years.
Back in Euro 1996 England were pipped on penalties by Germany, while six years earlier they lost to the same opponents via the same method at the 1990 World Cup.
Now, fast forward to the present day and England are one game away from a place in the World Cup Final, which The Three Lions haven’t featured in since winning the golden trophy 52 years ago.
It’s Croatia’s Golden Generation that stands in their way of achieving this goal, as Luka Modric and co look to book a spot in the country's first ever final.
It’s England who have been installed as the 5/4 favourites to win in 90 minutes, and 8/13 to qualify, Croatia are priced at 5/2 to be victorious in normal time and 11/8 to progress through to their first ever final. Alternatively a draw can be found at 21/10 (Paddy Power).
M&S ran out of waistcoats!
Even the police are getting involved
It's #WaistcoatWednesday so, @CCLeicsPolice has donned his own waistcoat to deliver a video message to England football fans, ahead of tonight's semi-final against Croatia. #CROENG #ENGCRO https://t.co/eSqFynt0hM pic.twitter.com/CSSiLObdnx— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) July 10, 2018
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