Debbie Barwick celebrates Revivals’ “Waistcoat Wednesday”

Shop holds “Waistcoat Wednesday” in support of Gareth Southgate’s men

Unless you’ve been living the life of a hermit, you’ll know that England play their biggest game of football for 28 years.

Not since they played Germany at Turin’s Stadio Delle Alpi on July 4, 1990 have England reached the semi-final of a World Cup.

That night ended in defeat for Bobby Robson’s men following a penalty shoot-out.

Today’s the team will be hoping for victory against a Croatia side led by Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić.

As well as the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jordan Pickford, the England manager Gareth Southgate has become a talking point.

England manager Gareth Southgate

That’s as much for his cerebral managerial style as his dapper waistcoats.

To mark the game, vintage clothes retailer Debbie Barwick has declared today “Waistcoat Wednesday” at her Canterbury boutique Revivals.

And she is displaying a special waistcoat adorned with England fans in the St Peter’s Street shop.

Debbie said: “We sell waistcoats all the time, but I thought I’d do a special one for the World Cup semi-final.

“And I’ve got to say Gareth Southgate looks very good in the ones he wears.

“Do I think he can steer England to victory? Of course I do. It will be 2-0 to us.”

The match in Moscow kicks off at 7pm and publicans across the city have been making sure they have enough beer to see them through the evening.

Saturday saw massive sales at Oaten Hill’s Old City Bar which recorded its biggest ever day as England defeated Sweden in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, the Maiden’s Head in Wincheap will once again be offering pints of draught beer for £3 for the five minutes immediately after any England goal.

Landlord Jeremy Stirling is forecasting a 3-0 win to England, saying: “They’re on form they’re a good side. The only worry is Raheem Stirling who’s missed some decent chances so far.”

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