Gareth Southgate's England could give us all an extra Bank Holiday off work if they win the World Cup in Russia

England fans celebrate in Sheffield
England fans celebrate in Sheffield

Almost 120,000 England fans have signed a petition calling for a Bank Holiday if Gareth Southgate's men win the World Cup in Russia - triggering a Parliamentary debate.

Football supporter Liam Betson launched the official petition to the Government, for the day after the World Cup final to be designated a Bank Holiday, and has - at the time of writing - attracted almost 120,000 signatures.

Breaking the 100,000 barrier meant that MPs in the Houses of Parliament now have to, by law, debate in Parliament whether July 16 should be a day of no work across the UK.

George Elek, spokesperson for the petition, said: “If football does come home does that mean we too can stay at home?

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“The fact that it will now be officially debated in parliament does give the public substantial hope of a day off work after the final.

Can Gareth Southgate's men bring football home?

Can Gareth Southgate's men bring football home?

“That could be the case if this petition comes off, but England do have a couple of games of football to win first.”

Southgate's men take on Croatia in their semi-final tomorrow evening, with several players from our region set to be involved. Sheffield-born Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker make up England's defence with Barnsley's John Stones, while fellow Steel City product Jamie Vardy is likely to be fit after missing the quarter-final win over Sweden.

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