Euro in trouble! Couple cheer on England... and Italy

CHEERING O Sole Mio owner Gabriele Fella, left, from Cowplain, his daughter Kim Wilson and restaurant chef Giovanni Dell'anno prepare for Italy's Euro Championship showdown with England in the quarter-final. Picture: Steve Reid (122089-001)
CHEERING O Sole Mio owner Gabriele Fella, left, from Cowplain, his daughter Kim Wilson and restaurant chef Giovanni Dell'anno prepare for Italy's Euro Championship showdown with England in the quarter-final. Picture: Steve Reid (122089-001)
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WEDDED bliss will be put to one side at a family-run restaurant when England take on Italy on Sunday.

Staff at O Sole Mio in Cowplain were over the moon to see the two sides reach the quarter-final stages of Euro 2012.

The two nations will draw the battle lines after England’s stars booked their place in the knockout stages after winning their group this week.

But while restaurant owner and proud Italian Gabriele Fella will be cheering for the Azzuri, his wife Wanda, 56, will be roaring on the Three Lions.

Mr Fella told The News: ‘We are looking forward to it.

‘We have to work on Sunday but will be watching the game in the kitchen when we can.

‘My wife is English and she will be supporting England on the night, definitely not Italy.

‘It’s only a game but everyone has to be supporting their own country.

‘I love my wife but football is football. It’s not a war but it is football.’

People can expect an Italian atmosphere at the restaurant on Sunday, says Mr Fella, as all the staff will be supporting Italy. He was born in Cassino, near Lazio, and came to England in 1950.

The 67-year-old added: ‘I’m a supporter of England but my heart is still at home.

‘England and Italy don’t usually play each other. I know it’s going to be a special game because whoever wins will be close to the final.

Mrs Fella said: ‘I will try my best to shout loud enough on the night.

‘It’s terrible when we watch England and Italy.

‘I remember once he told me I couldn’t watch it so I had to go upstairs and watch it in the bedroom!

‘There will be cheers for both sides and hopefully we won’t disturb the customers on the night.’

Despite his nationality, Giorgio Bousia, of Nicolino’s in Emsworth, is rooting for an England win.

He said: ‘It will be nice for England to win the tournament with the Olympics coming up. I hope Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck score as we are Manchester United fans.’

Giuseppe Mascia, owner of the Pizza House in Hilsea, added: ‘Italy against England is a dream come true.’