South Yorkshire MP urges people to be proud of England's World Cup team

Caroline Flint and Labour MPs cheer England on.
Caroline Flint and Labour MPs cheer England on.

Caroline Flint MP has urged people to be proud of England’s World Cup heroes after their 2-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

Caroline, who is MP for Don Valley, said: “We should be so proud of this England team. They worked hard, they played good football and they excited the nation.

“For over an hour during the Croatia game, we looked like the better side. And while it is so sad that England hasn’t made it to the final, Gareth Southgate and his team have brought the country together in a way I don’t recall since the London Olympics.”

“They are one of the youngest squads to ever play in the World Cup - only Nigeria had a younger team at Russia 2018. Maybe this year it’s not coming home, but this team have a big future, and they can hold their heads high.”

Caroline said she was particularly proud of Yorkshire’s contribution to the team.

“Every player was magnificent, but the Yorkshire contribution to the team was immense," she said.

" Five are from South Yorkshire: John Stones from Barnsley; Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy all grew up in Sheffield. And not forgetting Doncaster’s own Danny Rose. And Fabian Delph is from Bradford.”

Ms Flint donned a lucky 1990 England Shirt – the last time we made a World Cup semi-final – and joined other Labour MPs to show their support for England.

Caroline added: “I always put England flags on my car – I even did when I was government minister and we were told not to!”