FOOTBALL fans had a rather uneventful – if frustrating – time supporting their country tonight.
Pubs across the area were packed with people cheering on England as they played Slovakia in Euro 2016.
However, the match ended as a rather unsatisfying goalless finish – enough to see England through to the next round, but only as runners-up to Wales.
Wales thumped Russia with a 3-0 win, securing the top place in the group.
George Hayes, 22, from Paulsgrove, was watching the match in the Portsbridge Inn, in Cosham, with his friends.
He was in Marseille and Lens last week to see the first two England matches and saw trouble take place on the streets. He said he was disappointed with tonight’s result.
He said: ‘It has not been a great game tonight. It’s important to support the team as it’s for my country.’
Wesley Bailey, 22, from Paulsgrove, was with the group. He said: ‘I’m loving life and I’m having the best time, enjoying every moment of the game in the pub with my friends showing my support – come on England!’
Andy Tilston, 34, from Milton, who works at 1000 Lakeside, was in the pub with some work friends.
He said: ‘It’s been a typical England match – they dominated but they can’t break sides down. Being an England fan you kind of get used to it.
‘I do love football though, I hope that one day they’ll over-achieve and actually do something.’
Chris Sibley, from Farlington, was watching with friend Paul Boxall, 49, from Cosham,
Chris, who turns 50 tomorrow, said he was disappointed but hopeful of an England comeback. He said: ‘We are not out yet so there’s hope.’