There's A Petition To Make July 16th A Bank Holiday To Celebrate 'Football Coming Home'

It's becoming a running meme that 'football is coming home' after England progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday night.

The thing is, some are actually convinced that Gareth Southgate's men will bring it back for the first since '66.

To put their optimism into perspective a petition has already been created to make Monday 16th July a national bank holiday to celebrate England's World Cup victory.

The lads over at Oddschecker have 'demanded' that this happen and we can't exactly disagree.

It's already picked up a few signatures but they'll need a hell of a lot more to make a statement. MAKE IT HAPPEN!

England will face Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday and if they do manage to secure victory, Southgate's men will face either Russia or Croatia in the semi's, as a potential final against Brazil or France looms large.

As mentioned earlier, many are incredibly optimistic of Harry Kane and co's chances this summer and one man went above and beyond to make his feelings known.

Castleford's Jamie Richardson is so confident that England will triumph in Russia that he has only gone and got a tattoo on his stomach that says: "England 2018 World Cup Winners."

Credit: Jamie Richardson
Credit: Jamie Richardson
Credit: Jamie Richardson
Credit: Jamie Richardson

Speaking to LADbible, Jamie said: "We were 5 - 0 at half-time, and I just knew. It just felt like not since Euro 96 when we were 1 nil up against the Germans, or in 1998 when Michael Owen scored against Argentina and before Beckham got sent off, we - in a major tournament - really had a chance of winning.

"I know it was only Panama, but you look at the last five nations that have won - France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Brazil, all of these major teams. It's our turn.

He continued: "Spain drew with Morocco, Germany lost to Mexico.

"You've got all these other teams that are struggling at the minute, and with teams sitting so deep, to go 5 - 0 up against any team at international level is pretty good going."

Credit: Jamie Richardson
Credit: Jamie Richardson

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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