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Council leaders race to cheer on England

Head of Islington council orders screen for Saturday's match against Sweden

06 July, 2018 — By Emily Finch

COUNCIL leaders rushed out of a conference to watch England beat Colombia in Tuesday’s tense World Cup match before the head of Islington Council declared: “It’s coming home!”

Cllr Richard Watts, a self-confessed “massive football fan”, watched Gareth Southgate’s men move closer to glory alongside other local authority leaders.

He said: “I was outed as an Everton fan in the Tribune and now the whole of England can see how much of a star goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is.” Pickford saved a penalty from Colombia’s Carlos Bacca before England sealed victory through Eric Dier.

Cllr Watts is so determined to watch England’s next game against Sweden that he has organised a huge screen to show the match at his ward meeting, which unfortunately falls on Saturday. “All residents are welcome to the Brickworks community centre to watch the game,” he said. Asked why he wasn’t wearing an England shirt like his fellow council leaders in the picture from the Local Government Conference, Cllr Watts said: “If we get to the semi-finals I am going to the shops to buy one. We are going to win. It’s coming home.”

  • Brickworks Community Centre can be found at 42 Crouch Hill, London N4 4BY. Kick off is at 3pm.

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