60,000 And Counting Have Signed Petition For July 16 To Be A Bank Holiday
Five days ago we told you how there was a petition to make Monday July 16th a bank holiday if England end 52 years of hurt and win the World Cup for the second time.
The petition, set up by OddsChecker, is closing in on 5,000 signatures, but has been well and truly overtaken by another petition with the same purpose.
At the time of writing, over 60,000 people have signed Liam Betson's appeal and it's growing at a rapid rate to the point where the target of 100,000 looks set to be achieved before you can even say "It's Coming Home!".
England have had their best and most memorable World Cup run for 28 years, with Gareth Southgate's side bringing a new-found optimism across the country thanks to a series of brilliant performances and team spirit that we can all be proud of.
After beating both Colombia and Sweden in the knockouts, running out rather comfortable winners in Saturday's, the Three Lions will tussle with fellow surprise package Croatia for a place in the final. It's still a tough task, but England are just two games away from bringing football back home again.
And if they do go all the way, I'm sure you'll all agree that it's only right that as a nation we have a day of celebration (and possibly a day to recover from the hangover) on the Monday.
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has called for a bank holiday if England do replicate their 1966 heroics.
"The progress of the England team in the world cup is very exciting for people across the country. Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup, there should be a public holiday in celebration."
However, 'Jezza' would need to be the PM in order to make the holiday a reality - and there's no word as of yet whether the Tory government are on the same page as their rival.
Another petition that has been created has seen fan Simon Harris ask for "true sportsman and true gentleman" Southgate to receive a knighthood irrespective of how England fare in the remaining games of the tournaments.
Here's hoping Liz gets the sword out for Sir Gareth!