Nothing like an English chant

Amol Gokhale
Thursday, 12 July 2018

The writer shares his travel and tour experiences, and also catches the fun and revelry during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

So we have the two finalists of the 2018 FIFA World Cup — France and Croatia, who will go head to head for the glory at the iconic Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday evening. As the Football World Cup final will clash with Wimbledon finals, I am sure it’s going to be tough for fans to decide which game to watch.

After a pretty much sleep-deprived last night in St Petersburg, I was planning to catch some sleep on my eight-hour journey to Moscow but I barely slept for an hour or two. The view of the lush green Russian countryside that the train ride offered was so pleasing that I kept looking out of the window most of the time, leaving my phones aside and using them only to take pictures. 

England might have exited the tournament on Wednesday night but no one possibly comes close to them in creating songs for their teams. A handful English fans made their presence felt throughout Moscow before the game. Apart from ‘It’s coming home, football’s coming home’, set to the tune of Earth, Wind & Fire’s iconic September, one of the most famous chants, adopted by Three Lions fans in Russia goes like this, “1, 2, 3, 4; Woah, England are in Russia; Woah, drinking all your vodka; Woah, England’s going all the way” and the tune just stays with you.

All the English fans fell silent and shocked the moment final whistle blew and their dream crashed. But within a few seconds, the England team came to the end where their fans were seated and fans had found their voices as they thanked their team for the wonderful performance in Russia. At the other end of the field, the Croatia fans who were singing with their players as they celebrated reaching the World Cup final for the first time.

The dream is close to turning into a reality...


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